Beacon Broadband vs Virgin Media:
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 79.49 Mbps
Average Upload 17.54 Mbps
Average Latency 16ms (smaller is better)
Beacon Broadband
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Service TypesFixed WirelessCable
Average Speed Test Result9.5 Mbps79.49 Mbps
Tests above 50 Mbps0%61%
Speed Range Rank87th best speed range15th best speed range
Speed Test Rank83rd fastest2nd fastest

Beacon Broadband vs Virgin Media: Speed Comparison

Beacon Broadband is the 16th 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 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 — Virgin Media is second with 5,284.34 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, Virgin Media has a better broadband speed range than Beacon Broadband, ranking 15th 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 61% of Virgin Media's.

Beacon Broadband 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, 92% of Beacon Broadband'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 2.9 times higher than the 8% of Beacon Broadband's speed test results in the same range.

Beacon Broadband Performance Ranges

Virgin Media Broadband Performance Ranges

Beacon Broadband vs Virgin Media: 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 Virgin Media

LocationMedian Speed
Higham Ferrers
504.93 Mbps
Bayston Hill
486.85 Mbps
365.38 Mbps
Bracknell Forest
346.23 Mbps
342.44 Mbps
327.55 Mbps
320.44 Mbps
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

Beacon Broadband vs Virgin Media: Consumer Review Comparison

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Last updated: 25 Jul 2021