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November 29, 2013

UK 25th fastest according to Ookla speed test results

According to the latest Net Index results of broadband speed tests done by Ookla, the UK is down in 25th position for broadband speeds.

The results are gathered from the speed test results that Ookla gather on their Speedtest.net service. What the results showed is that the average broadband speed in the UK is 23.55Mb, however despite not being close to the fastest countries average broadband speeds of Hong Kong at 71.03Mb we are still above the global average of 16.22Mb.

The fastest countries are Hong Kong (71.01Mb), Singapore (52.94Mb), Romania (51.40Mb), South Korea (47.50Mb), Sweden (42.69Mb).
Other “big” countries that joining the UK further down the list are France in 22nd place (24.72Mb), Germany in 27th (23.18Mb), United States in 31st (20.77Mb), Spain in 37th (18.93Mb).

The average broadband speed in the EU stands at 21.65Mb which means the UK is just above the average for the EU.

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- Tags: average UK broadband speed, broadband speed test, Ookla
Author: Mark @ 9:02 am

October 18, 2013

UK enters top 10 for global broadband speeds

The UK has entered into the top 10 countries based on fastest broadband speeds as the average UK broadband speed hit 8.4Mb according to the latest “State Of The Internet” report from Akamai.

Akamai produce 4 “State Of The Internet” reports each year, one for each Quarter and it is a way to keep track on how the internet is developing globally, not just with broadband speeds but also to find out how users browse the internet and gather other data such as where attacks originate from.

Globally the average broadband speed was 3.3Mb for Q2 2013 which marked a 5.2% increase on Q1 and a 9.2% increase year on year. With the extensive roll out of fibre broadband across the UK it made for some quite impressive results, we showed an 11% rise from Q1 and a staggering 48% rises year on year to bring the average UK broadband speed test result in at 8.4Mb.
Still topping the charts was South Korea with an average broadband speed of 13.3Mb, this was actually a 6.4% decline on the previous year but still keeps them ahead of Japan who have an average of 12Mb broadband speeds.

The global average for peak broadband connection speeds is probably just as, if not a more interesting figure to keep an eye on too, this helps show the possible internet connection capacity that countries have.
Globally the peak average for Q2 2013 only rose 0.1% from Q1 and 17% year on year, up to 18.9Mb. However leading the way was Hong Kong with a blistering 65.1Mb, followed by South Korea with 53.3Mb and then Japan with 48.8Mb.

What we hope to see and have said for a few years now is that the UK should start to rise quite ell up the global broadband speed test charts as the continued fibre optic broadband rollout across the UK continues and with more and more consumers switching to fibre the average speeds for the UK should also continue to rise.

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May 15, 2012

Study finds broadband speeds are on average 40% slower than advertised

Broadband speeds in Britain are 42% slower than are advertised on average according to a survey done by The Guardian.

The Guardian newspaper ran a 3 day survey asking readers to fill out what broadband speed they were advertised to be on and what the actual broadband speed they received was by running a broadband speed test.
The results were that on average customers were paying for 12Mb broadband but receiving 7Mb, a difference of 42%.

From the study they also found that Sky Customers appeared to be fairing the worst, with an average of 12Mb broadband being paid for but just 4.8Mb on average being received, a huge 60% gap. Virgin Media customers were showing a 41% gap, receiving 17.1Mb instead of their advertised 30Mb, although still averaging the highest broadband speeds. BT were who fared the best, with advertised broadband speeds at 8Mb and actual broadband speed being received of 6Mb, only a 25% gap. Plusnet, who BT also own, were similarly showing just a 27% gap.

A Virgin Media spokesperson told The Guardian:
Virgin Media has long argued for greater clarity in broadband advertising and, while the changes in April were long overdue yet welcome, we’ve seen ISPs continue to hide behind generic terms or catch-all claims. We are committed to continuing to lead this industry which is why we only advertise speeds that our customers can reasonably expect to actually receive. Ofcom’s independent and comprehensive research consistently shows we deliver what we say, with our 30Mb service actually providing almost 31Mb on average. That’s not to say we are complacent. We continue to deliver the UK’s fastest widely available broadband and we’re in the process of boosting speeds for customers with our doubling upgrade and the introduction of 120Mb. Virgin Media now delivers superfast broadband as standard to millions of UK homes and we’ve raised expectations of what consumers deserve from their ISP.

The survey was done on The Guardian website with 3,000 visitors filling it out over the 3 days.

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May 1, 2012

Average UK broadband speed decreases in Q4

UK broadband speeds actually decreased in the last quarter of 2011 down to and average of 4.9Mb according to figures found by Akamai.

manchester corridor fibre broadband Average UK broadband speed decreases in Q4Akamai produce the “State of the Internet” report shows that the UK’s average broadband speed for Q3 had been 5.1Mb and this had dropped to 4.9Mb for Q4, a 3.5% drop in average broadband speed test results. However, the UK was not alone in seeing broadband speeds decreasing, 8 out of the top 10 countries, along with the USA also saw average broadband download speeds decrease. In total, there were 91 countries that notched up slower download speeds with 41 seeing an increase in speeds.

The top 2 countries in terms of fastest average download speeds were South Korea and Japan, both of these continued on an upwards trend compared to the other 8 countries in the top 10 below them. South Korea notched up an average download speed of 17.5Mb and Japan 9.1Mb.

Within Europe, the Netherlands was the country that posted up the fastest average broadband speed with 8.2Mb while the UK was down in 16th position. The city of Umea in Sweden  notched up 11.3Mb to make it the fastest European city, although not 1 UK city made it into the top 100 cities worldwide!

Positive news for the UK was that 91% of the internet connections that were measured were over 2Mb, which will please the governments target of reaching universal coverage across the country at this speed by 2015.

These average broadband speed results were perhaps just a blip for the UK, especially with the huge roll-out of BT’s fibre broadband network taking place, we would anticipate that the UK should start seeing average broadband speeds increasing as more and more customers switch tho fibre broadband.

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November 16, 2011

Broadband speeds slow in the evening broadband “rush hour”

Broadband speeds across the UK drop by as much as 35% on average during the “broadband rush hour” with some towns noticing a huge 69% difference in the broadband speeds they receive between peak and off-peak hours.

broadband speed tester Broadband speeds slow in the evening broadband rush hourAnyone wanting to get the fastest use out of their broadband are best to do so between the hours of 2am-3am in the morning that are found to be the times when you are likely to receive your fastest broadband connection, obviously as most people are in bed asleep at this time that makes sense with the fastest UK average broadband speed at around 9.6Mb during this time.

The contrast is when the “information super highway” is at it’s rush hour between 7pm and 9pm in the evening when there are the most people using the internet at home and the average UK broadband speed drops to around 6.2Mb.

The study was done by the price comparison website uSwitch.com with the data of more than 2 million broadband speed tests analysed. Only Post Code areas that had more than 100 speed tests with included in the results and included both standard ADSL broadband connections and also fibre broadband connections.

The Technology expert at uSwitch, Ernest Doku, said:

It really is surprising just how much broadband speeds fluctuate at different times of the day, with drop-offs of almost 70% in some areas of the UK. Not many internet users enjoy the maximum headline broadband speeds offered by providers, and certainly not during the working week.

This research may help to shed some light on why many bewildered consumers, who believe they?ve signed up to a certain broadband speed, never actually feel like their connection is fast enough. The problem of slower broadband speeds has been exacerbated by changes in the way people use the internet, with far more people downloading music and watching TV programmes online, inevitably putting more strain on the network.

Evesham in Worcestershire was the area that topped the charts for the widest variation in broadband speeds, with the morning speed between 7-9am averaging 15.5Mb and the evening speed between 7-9pm down to just 4.9Mb.

More people streaming music and live TV online in the evening are huge factors for the slowing down of broadband connections in the evening, as faster more reliable broadband speeds have been made available there has also seen an increasing use and demand for more bandwidth hungry applications such as for the BBC iPlayer to give consumers what they want to watch on demand.

Looking to the future it is clear that the fibre broadband deployment across the UK is vital in making sure that consumers will continue to be able to use the internet at peak hours without interruption.

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September 22, 2011

BT refute the list of slowest streets for broadband

uSwitch yesterday published what they believed are the 50 slowest broadband streets in the UK but today BT has countered this by saying that the results are based on false data.

In uSwitches report they said that the street of Mount Pleasant in the Suffolk town of Halesworth had the slowest broadband of any street in the whole country with an average broadband speed of 0.128Mb. However, BT have countered this claim by saying that their data indicates that the street has speeds of 7.5Mb and that Mount Pleasant was very close to the local telephone exchange meaning it very unlikely that it would get such slow broadband speeds, plus the street has access to fibre broadband too!

The top 2 streets for the slowest broadband on the list are both actually connected up to fibre broadband.

A BT spokesperson said:

It appears that the data in this survey is out of date. Fibre broadband is now available for a number of the streets identified.

We wouldn’t disagree with uSwitch that there are a number of slow spots in the UK, and that needs addressing, but it would seem they haven’t managed to identify them correctly here.

BT said that 7 of the 50 streets identified in the list have access to fibre broadband.
However, just because they have access to fibre broadband does not mean that residents on the streets are signed up to it and that the results in uSwitch’s report are based on actual broadband speed tests that are carried out by consumers. A minimum of 10 speed tests per post code had to have been done before they were considered to be included in the report.

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September 9, 2011

Virgin Media twice as fast as national average broadband speed

The average broadband speed in the UK for August was 8.06Mb with average upload speeds at 1.21Mb according to the broadband speed test results from the broadband.co.uk website.

Unsurprisingly heading the field is Virgin Media with their cable broadband network which provided and average broadband speed of over double the national average at 16.97Mb, they also showed the highest upload speeds too, again over double the national average at 2.48Mb.

Taking second place was Eclipse who posted an average broadband speed of 7.15Mb, just ahead of BT who’s average was 6.99Mb.
With Virgin Media & BT broadband both battling fiercely to sign up as many customers to their fibre broadband networks it will be pleasing for Virgin Media to see that currently their average broadband speed is almost 10Mb faster than that BT customers receive.

The speed test study looks at the largest UK broadband providers to work out what their average broadband speed test is. The following is the list of average broadband speed test results.

Virgin Media: 16.97Mb
Eclipse Internet: 7.15Mb
BT Broadband: 6.99Mb
Be & O2 Broadband*: 5.57Mb
Plusnet: 4.99Mb
TalkTalk: 4.93Mb
Sky Broadband: 4.76Mb
Orange Broadband: 3.78Mb
AOL Broadband: 3.08Mb

* Be & O2 use the same network as Be are owned by O2.

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August 22, 2011

Slowest broadband towns in UK found

The UK’s slowest broadband towns have been listed after broadband speed tests across the country were done by uSwitch.com

The Kent town of Cranbrook managed to set an average broadband download speed of just 1.32Mb which is around 5 times slower than the national average which is 7.5Mb.

Out of the top 20 (or should than be bottom 20) for slowest broadband speeds the counties of Kent & Sussex were home to 6 of the slowest broadband towns in the survey, with all of them having broadband speeds below 2Mb.

The results were gathered from people running broadband speeds tests and as such pr0bably mean there are other places with slower broadband, but from the 400,000 speed tests that were performed between May & July this year these were the findings.

The second slowest was Tregaron in Wales followed by Lavant which is near to Chichester.

These slow broadband speeds are on the UK governments agenda to get sorted, in Western Europe the UK has one of the slowest internet connections, way behind the average in France of 18Mb and Finland with 22Mb. The UK government want to have the fastest European broadband network by 2015, along with the £2.5bn investment in their fibre network being done by BT, the government have announced a £530m pot to help fund broadband out to rural areas and a further £300m in the future.
We can only look longingly at the average broadband speeds that South Korea and Japan offer which are 46Mb and 61Mb respectivly.

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July 28, 2011

Average broadband speeds increase by 10%

Broadband speeds are still on the rise according to research by Ofcom. In the last 6 months they have found that the average broadband speed has increased by 10%.

In November/December the average broadband speed they found was 6.2Mb and in the latest broadband speed test results they show the average has crept up to 6.8Mb by May 2011.

The study and results also showed that along with the broadband speeds increasing the gap between the advertised broadband speed and actual broadband speeds people receive has also increased. Previously the average advertised speed back in Nov/Dec was 13.8Mb making the gap between advertised and actual 7.6Mb, howevere in May 2011 the average advertised broadband speed was 15Mb making a difference of 8.2Mb gap between advertised and actual average broadband speeds.

The study looked at 14 packages available form the 7 largest UK broadband providers who account for over 75% of UK residential broadband connections.

The Chief Executive of Ofcom, Ed Richards, said:
The UK broadband market has transformed since Ofcom first published its research two and a half years ago.

By publishing this research, Ofcom has encouraged ISPs to invest in faster broadband networks; we are now seeing consumers increasingly move to higher rated services and enjoying genuinely faster speeds.

Consumers also have access to better broadband information, allowing them to decide which provider to use based on actual speeds they can achieve at home.

However, the research is still telling us that some consumers are not receiving anywhere near the speeds that are being advertised by some ISPs.  Ofcom continues to urge the CAP and BCAP committees to make changes to their advertising guidance so that consumers are able to make more informed decisions based on the adverts they see.

The differences between different ISPs average broadband speeds can be viewed below:

ofcom average broadband speeds may2011 Average broadband speeds increase by 10%

 

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March 3, 2011

Broadband speeds half of advertised “up to” speeds

The average broadband download speed is less than half of the “up to” speeds that are advertised by some broadband providers.

Ofcom were submitting their findings to the Committee for Advertising Practice (CAP) and the Broadcast Committee for Advertising Practice (BCAP) over the advertising of broadband speeds investigation that is being undertaken to try and make it clearer to consumers what broadband speeds they are likely to receive when signing up to an broadband package.

Ofcoms findings were mainly attached to broadband that is delivered via a phone line as this form of receiving broadband tends not to bring the potential of the advertised “up to” speeds. It was found that in November/December 2010 the average broadband speed was 6.2Mb which is less than half of the advertised broadband speed of 13.8Mb.

The study looked not only at copper based ADSL services but also fibre and cable services too. The copper based ADSL services are the ones which bring the biggest difference between advertised and actual broadband speeds. The average download speed for an advertised “up to” 20/24Mb ADSL broadband service which uses copper cable to deliver the broadband was just 6.2Mb, this is just 29sp% of the advertised up to speed. “Up to” 8Mb ADSL services produced an average broadband speed of 3.4Mb which is just 42% of the advertised “up to “speed.
A tiny 3% of customers on an “up to” 20/24Mb advertised broadband package received over 16Mb!

BT’s Fibre To The Cabinet service (BT Infinity) which uses fibre optic cable to the street side cabinet and then standard copper telephone lines to the customers house produced much closer speeds between the advertised “up to” and the actual speeds. BT advertises it’s BT Infinity service at “up to” 40Mb, the results of the broadband speed tests performed produced average broadband speeds of 31.1Mb which is 78% of the advertised speed.

Finally Cable services from Virgin Media which use fibre optic cable to the street side cabinet and then coaxial cable to the premises have advertised “up to” speeds of 50Mb broadband and the average download speed received was 46Mb and on average delivered between 90-96% of the advertised speeds.

Ofcom are suggesting that a Typical Speed Range (TSR) that is actually achievable to at least half of customers should be used when advertising broadband speeds.

Ofcom has produced a Typical Speed Range that it thinks broadband providers should use when advertising broadband speeds.

ofcom typical speed range Broadband speeds half of advertised up to speedsWhat is positive to take from the results is that how much faster fibre broadband is and that it can bring much more stable and reliable broadband to customers.

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