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The following test examines the Internet latency (milliseconds), download and upload speeds of your broadband connection in order to report an estimated reading in Megabits per second. Please try our Availability Checker to see which major technologies are available in your area.
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Please take note that this test can cope with both current and next generation Gigabit broadband speeds (up to around 1,000Mbps), although the dynamic nature of Internet connectivity means that the results may not always be 100% accurate. Tests conducted via WiFi may also produce a slower result.

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 Results Summary - UK Home Broadband ISPs
The following results only include independent providers with a wide national availability, which is primarily because smaller and often faster altnet ISPs (e.g. Gigaclear, B4RN, Hyperoptic etc.) aren't yet available to the vast majority of people and others didn't produce enough sample test data to be included.

In addition, the top 10% result represents the speeds experienced by the fastest 10% of customers at each ISP (usually those with the best connections / fastest packages).

Average Download Speeds

No. Operator 2017 H1 (Top 10%) 2016 H2 (Top 10%) 2016 H1 (Top 10%)
1. Virgin Media 54.7Mbps (109.2Mbps) 50.9Mbps (103.5Mbps) 51.4Mbps (105.2Mbps)
2. AAISP 40.6Mbps (74Mbps) 31.7Mbps (73.3Mbps) 31.8Mbps (70.2Mbps)
3. iDNET 33.2Mbps (67.1Mbps) 24.5Mbps (67Mbps) 25.4Mbps (65.1Mbps)
4. Zen Internet 31.6Mbps (71.4Mbps) 26.7Mbps (65.1Mbps) 25.9Mbps (66.7Mbps)
5. Vodafone 27.9Mbps (51.6Mbps) 28.9Mbps (55.1Mbps) 24.5Mbps (49.6Mbps)
6. BT 25.9Mbps (52.1Mbps) 24Mbps (51.3Mbps) 22.1Mbps (46.7Mbps)
7. Plusnet 20.8Mbps (47.8Mbps) 18.4Mbps (43.1Mbps) 18.3Mbps (42.6Mbps)
8. EE 16.9Mbps (36.3Mbps) 13.7Mbps (34.8Mbps) 12.4Mbps (34.4Mbps)
9. TalkTalk 15.7Mbps (36.4Mbps) 14.2Mbps (34.7Mbps) 13.4Mbps (34Mbps)
10. Sky Broadband 14.8Mbps (33.6Mbps) 13.3Mbps (31.9Mbps) 12.2Mbps (29.7Mbps)

Average Upload Speeds

No. Operator 2017 H1 2016 H2 2016 H1
1. AAISP 10.1Mbps 7.5Mbps 8.7Mbps
2. Vodafone 8.6Mbps 8.4Mbps 6.7Mbps
3. Zen Internet 8.5Mbps 7Mbps 7.4Mbps
4. iDNET 7.5Mbps 6.5Mbps 6.1Mbps
5. Virgin Media 6.9Mbps 6.3Mbps 6.2Mbps
6. BT 6.1Mbps 5.7Mbps 5.5Mbps
8. EE 4.5Mbps 3.4Mbps 2.8Mbps
7. Plusnet 3.9Mbps 3.3Mbps 4.1Mbps
9. Sky Broadband 3.6Mbps 3Mbps 2.6Mbps
10. TalkTalk 2.4Mbps 1.9Mbps 1.8Mbps

Overall the average download speed of the top ten national providers in 2017 H1 is 28.21Mbps (up from 24.63Mbps at the end of 2016) and the average upload speed also hit 6.21Mbps (up from 5.3Mbps).

 Results Summary - UK Mobile Broadband Operators
The following results are constructed in a similar fashion to the ones for home broadband providers (above), except for the fact that we are testing the four primary Mobile Broadband (3G and 4G) operators.

Average Download Speeds

No. Operator 2017 H1 2016 H2 2016 H1
1. EE 27.7Mbps 27.4Mbps 21.6Mbps
2. Vodafone 18Mbps 16.3Mbps 17.6Mbps
3. O2 14.4Mbps 14.4Mbps 12.8Mbps
4. Three UK 14.3Mbps 14.4Mbps 13.6Mbps

Average Upload Speeds

No. Operator 2017 H1 2016 H2 2016 H1
1. EE 6.1Mbps 5.3Mbps 4.4Mbps
2. Three UK 4.3Mbps 3.7Mbps 3.6Mbps
3. Vodafone 3.7Mbps 3.5Mbps 3.7Mbps
4. O2 3.5Mbps 3.1Mbps 3.1Mbps

Overall the average download speed of the top mobile providers in 2017 H1 is 18.6Mbps (up from 18.12Mbps at the end of 2016) and the average upload speed also hit 4.4Mbps (up from 3.9Mbps).

Disclaimer: It’s important to take average (mean) speeds like those above with a big pinch of salt. Every home is different and performance can be affected by all sorts of issues, many of which are beyond the provider's ability to control (e.g. tests conducted via slower smartphone vs faster desktop computers, slow wifi, poor home wiring etc.), thus we do not consider the above data to be a reliable barometer for individual user connectivity, but it can help to highlight general changes in the market.

NOTE: Data for H1 (first half of the year) is collected during May, while data for H2 (last half of the year) is collected during November.

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