B4RN vs Virgin Media:
Broadband Performance Comparison

B4RN Logo

Performance Score
Average Download 64.37 Mbps
Average Upload 57.05 Mbps
Average Latency 15ms (smaller is better)
 
Virgin Media Logo

Performance Score
Average Download 79.49 Mbps
Average Upload 17.54 Mbps
Average Latency 16ms (smaller is better)
 
 B4RN LogoVirgin Media Logo
Service TypesFibreCable
Average Speed Test Result64.37 Mbps79.49 Mbps
Tests above 50 Mbps55%61%
Speed Range Rank18th best speed range15th best speed range
Speed Test Rank10th fastest2nd fastest

B4RN vs Virgin Media: Speed Comparison

B4RN Broadband is the 19th most tested broadband provider in the UK, while Virgin Media is the UK's most tested ISP with 8,874,346 tests performed this year, compared to B4RN's 11,709 speed tests. While looking at the fastest speeds seen from each broadband provider often doesn't tell the full story — Virgin Media is second with 5,284.34 Mbps, B4RN tenth with 948.05 Mbps — looking at download speed ranges alongside the percentage of speed tests higher than 50 Mbps will give a clearer picture. In this case, Virgin Media has a better broadband speed range than B4RN, ranking 15th nationally, compared to B4RN coming in at 18th place. 55% of B4RN's internet speed test results were higher than 50 Mbps, compared to 61% of Virgin Media's.

B4RN vs Virgin Media: Performance Ranges Overview

We class broadband speed distributions as follows: very slow under 10 Mbps; slow 10-30 Mbps; adequate 30-60 Mbps; good 60-80 Mbps; fast 80-300 Mbps; very fast over 300 Mbps.


Looking at broadband performance, 37% of B4RN's internet speed tests were slow or very slow. This is worse than Virgin Media, who had only 31% of their broadband speed tests classied "slow" or worse. For the average user needing only adquate or "good" internet service, 22% of Virgin Media's download speeds fell between 30 and 80 Mbps. This is 1.1 times higher than the 20% of B4RN's speed test results in the same range. At the speedier end of the scale, only 44% of B4RN's broadband speed test results were faster than 80 Mbps, compared to 47% of Virgin Media's.

B4RN Broadband Performance Ranges

Virgin Media Broadband Performance Ranges

B4RN vs Virgin Media: Performance by Location

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Fastest locations for B4RN

LocationMedian Speed
Levens
Cumbria
151.81 Mbps
Sealand
Flintshire
94.12 Mbps
Burton-in-Kendal
Cumbria
93.35 Mbps
Caton-with-Littledale
Lancashire
92.88 Mbps
Nether Staveley
Cumbria
92.81 Mbps
Beetham
Cumbria
92.27 Mbps
Sedbergh
Cumbria
74.04 Mbps
Syleham
Suffolk
67.81 Mbps
Haydon
Northumberland
59.94 Mbps
Kirkby Lonsdale
Cumbria
57.12 Mbps

Fastest locations for Virgin Media

LocationMedian Speed
Higham Ferrers
Northamptonshire
504.93 Mbps
Bayston Hill
Shropshire
486.85 Mbps
Bardney
Lincolnshire
365.38 Mbps
Binfield
Bracknell Forest
346.23 Mbps
Colinton
Edinburgh
342.44 Mbps
Eastleigh
Hampshire
327.55 Mbps
Steventon
Oxfordshire
320.44 Mbps
Ballymena
Mid and East Antrim
314.88 Mbps
High Legh
Cheshire East
308.22 Mbps
Saltburn, Marske and New Marske
Redcar and Cleveland
295.57 Mbps

Last updated: 25 Jul 2021