BT vs Virgin Media Broadband

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Performance Score
Average Download 35.84 Mbps
Average Upload 13.39 Mbps
Average Latency 11ms (smaller is better)
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Performance Score
Average Download 79.49 Mbps
Average Upload 17.54 Mbps
Average Latency 16ms (smaller is better)
 
 BT LogoVirgin Media Logo
Service TypesVDSL, FibreCable
Average Speed Test Result35.84 Mbps79.49 Mbps
Tests above 50 Mbps35%61%
Speed Range Rank49th best speed range15th best speed range
Speed Test Rank1st fastest2nd fastest

BT vs Virgin Media: Speed Comparison

BT Broadband is the second 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 BT's 7,092,404 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, BT first with 6,068.11 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 BT, ranking 15th nationally, compared to BT coming in at 49th place. 35% of BT's internet speed test results were higher than 50 Mbps, compared to 61% of Virgin Media's.

BT 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, 50% of BT'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 1.9 times lower than the 42% of BT's speed test results in the same range. At the speedier end of the scale, only 8% of BT's broadband speed test results were faster than 80 Mbps, compared to 47% of Virgin Media's.

BT Broadband Performance Ranges

Virgin Media Broadband Performance Ranges

BT vs Virgin Media: Performance by Location

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BT vs Virgin Media: Consumer Review Comparison

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2.86

189 Reviews
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Virgin Media Logo
2.66

444 Reviews
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Last updated: 25 Jul 2021