Average UK Broadband Speeds Falling

Congestion means we're all suffering...

With talk of Virgin Media 50Mbit broadband on the horizon, wider fibre optic roll-out and on-demand video content (with a push on HD) you’d think our connections speeds would be racing ever upwards. How wrong you’d be…

To the contrary, the latest aggregated speed test results from specialist site broadband.co.uk reveals a deeply worrying trend: average speeds are decreasing and they are falling month on month.

Let’s get to some figures: the average UK broadband speed is now 3.325Mbit on average across Broadband.co.uk’s survey of the UK’s top 10 providers (AOL, Be Broadband and O2 (they share a common infrastructure), BT, Eclipse, Orange, Plusnet, Sky, TalkTalk, Tiscali and Virgin). This is the third month in a row the average speed has dropped and is a whole 10 per cent down on July’s average of 3.609Mbit.

Virgin remains the UK’s fastest ISP averaging 5.777Mbit downloads ahead of Be and O2 which managed 5.063Mbit, though the latter pairing did significantly come out on top for uploading clocking 0.773Mbit against 0.377Mbit.

As for speeds split across the day, ISP’s continue to feel the heat in the evenings when more households are online with average speeds falling by 1.27Mbit compared to their optimum performances overnight. Reasons? Well, the surge in streaming content from the likes of BBC iPlayer across multiple formats, the ever growing online music market and the increasing amount of HD content are all major factors.

That said, a single message is clear: the country needs more bandwidth… and fast.

Broadband.co.uk Results (warning: PDF Link)

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