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September 2, 2009

The Top Ten list of ISPs by speed

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by David Allen

It should come as no surprise that cable broadband provider Virgin Media has topped the table of ISPs when compared by speed, according to

This is due to the work carried out on the Virgin Media broadband network.

Its average actual download speed rose from 6.7 Mbps in July to 7.1 Mbps for august.

However, it is the ISP which came in second that has to be applauded - Be Broadband was found to be delivering an average 5.6 Mbps download speed.

On average the overall broadband connection speed for all UK ISPs has risen slightly from 4.2 Mbps in July to 4.3 Mbps in August.

Top 10 ISPs for Download Speed
1. Virgin Media – 7.243Mbps
2. O2 ( Be Broadband ) – 5.665Mbps
3. Sky Broadband – 3.400Mbps
4. TalkTalk – 3.360Mbps
5. BT – 2.963Mbps
6. Tiscali – 2.928Mbps
7. PlusNet – 2.869Mbps
8. Eclipse Internet – 2.681Mbps
9. Orange – 2.676Mbps
10. AOL – 2.258Mbps

Top 10 ISPs for Upload Speed
1. O2 ( Be Broadband ) - 0.754Mbps
2. Virgin Media - 0.489Mbps
3. TalkTalk - 0.460Mbps
4. Sky Broadband - 0.407Mbps
5. Eclipse Internet - 0.401Mbps
6. Orange - 0.381Mbps
7. PlusNet - 0.357Mbps
8. BT - 0.348Mbps
9. Tiscali - 0.341Mbps
10. AOL - 0.318Mbps

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  1. Hi David,

    That Top 10 is copied directly from, I don’t mind if you do that but at least ask first or give credit as it takes time to write out and re-organise based on’s original un-ordered data.


    Comment by Mark ( ISPreview ) — September 2, 2009 @ 11:56 am

  2. Apologies for the omission, Mark - David cited another source, so I’ve edited in credit to your original list.

    Comment by Brian Turner — September 2, 2009 @ 12:03 pm

  3. May it also be noted that Be Broadband dont throttle, traffic shape or cap. Unlike Virgin Media.
    Be should be at the top.

    Comment by john — September 2, 2009 @ 12:35 pm

  4. I totally agree with the third comment. While Virgin may have higher average download speeds, they are by far an inferior company to Be Broadband.

    I’ve been with Be, syncing at 17Mbit, for over three years now and I wouldn’t even consider moving to Virgin if they halved their line rental…

    Comment by spunky — September 2, 2009 @ 1:37 pm

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