FastNet vs Virgin Media:
Broadband Performance Comparison

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Performance Score
Average Download 29.78 Mbps
Average Upload 6.6 Mbps
Average Latency 13ms (smaller is better)
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Performance Score
Average Download 68.87 Mbps
Average Upload 13.42 Mbps
Average Latency 14ms (smaller is better)
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 FastNet LogoVirgin Media Logo
Service TypesCable
Average Speed Test Result29.78 Mbps68.87 Mbps
Tests above 50 Mbps22%58%
Speed Range Rank60th best speed range19th best speed range
Speed Test Rank23rd fastest1st fastest

FastNet vs Virgin Media: Speed Comparison

FastNet Broadband is the 25th most tested broadband provider in the UK, while Virgin Media is the UK's most tested ISP with 11,780,411 tests performed this year, compared to FastNet's 8,142 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 6,329.36 Mbps, FastNet 17th with 942.13 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 FastNet, ranking 19th nationally, compared to FastNet coming in at 60th place. 22% of FastNet's internet speed test results were higher than 50 Mbps, compared to 58% of Virgin Media's.

FastNet 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, 81% of FastNet'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 1.6 times higher than the 14% of FastNet's speed test results in the same range. At the speedier end of the scale, only 5% of FastNet's broadband speed test results were faster than 80 Mbps, compared to 47% of Virgin Media's.

FastNet Broadband Performance Ranges

Virgin Media Broadband Performance Ranges

FastNet vs Virgin Media: Performance by Location

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Fastest locations for FastNet

LocationMedian Speed
Greater London
93.47 Mbps
Greater London
79.81 Mbps
Greater London
71.47 Mbps
Waltham Forest
Greater London
68.53 Mbps
64.61 Mbps
West Sussex
61.04 Mbps
55.55 Mbps
East Sussex
51.26 Mbps
Chandler's Ford
44.46 Mbps
East Sussex
39.31 Mbps

Fastest locations for Virgin Media

LocationMedian Speed
Aberdeen City
608.04 Mbps
Little Chalfont
535.05 Mbps
494.72 Mbps
Bayston Hill
486.2 Mbps
443.01 Mbps
426.35 Mbps
355.53 Mbps
Bracknell Forest
339.35 Mbps
330.16 Mbps
High Legh
Cheshire East
316.1 Mbps

Last updated: 05 Dec 2021