Beacon Broadband vs BT:
Broadband Performance Comparison

Performance Score
Average Download 9.5 Mbps
Average Upload 3.34 Mbps
Average Latency 29ms (smaller is better)
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Performance Score
Average Download 35.84 Mbps
Average Upload 13.39 Mbps
Average Latency 11ms (smaller is better)
Beacon Broadband
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Service TypesFixed WirelessVDSL, Fibre
Average Speed Test Result9.5 Mbps35.84 Mbps
Tests above 50 Mbps0%35%
Speed Range Rank87th best speed range49th best speed range
Speed Test Rank83rd fastest1st fastest

Beacon Broadband vs BT: Speed Comparison

Beacon Broadband is the 16th most tested broadband provider in the UK, while BT is the UK's second most tested ISP with 7,092,404 tests performed this year, compared to Beacon Broadband's 4,534 speed tests. While looking at the fastest speeds seen from each broadband provider often doesn't tell the full story — BT is first with 6,068.11 Mbps, Beacon Broadband 49th with 93.51 Mbps — looking at download speed ranges alongside the percentage of speed tests higher than 50 Mbps will give a clearer picture. In this case, BT has a better broadband speed range than Beacon Broadband, ranking 49th nationally, compared to Beacon Broadband coming in at 87th place. 0% of Beacon Broadband's internet speed test results were higher than 50 Mbps, compared to 35% of BT's.

Beacon Broadband vs BT: 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, 92% of Beacon Broadband's internet speed tests were slow or very slow. This is worse than BT, who had only 50% of their broadband speed tests classied "slow" or worse. For the average user needing only adquate or "good" internet service, 42% of BT's download speeds fell between 30 and 80 Mbps. This is 5.4 times higher than the 8% of Beacon Broadband's speed test results in the same range.

Beacon Broadband Performance Ranges

BT Broadband Performance Ranges

Beacon Broadband vs BT: Performance by Location

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Fastest locations for Beacon Broadband

LocationMedian Speed
Derry City and Strabane
14.5 Mbps
Causeway Coast and Glens
9.05 Mbps

Fastest locations for BT

LocationMedian Speed
West Sussex
816.62 Mbps
808.48 Mbps
455.54 Mbps
Mid and East Antrim
432.43 Mbps
317.22 Mbps
Froxfield and Privett
298.01 Mbps
287.53 Mbps
284.4 Mbps
269.85 Mbps
264.65 Mbps

Beacon Broadband vs BT: Consumer Review Comparison

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Last updated: 25 Jul 2021