FastNet vs Virgin Media:
Broadband Performance Comparison

FastNet Logo

Performance Score
Average Download 25.07 Mbps
Average Upload 6.52 Mbps
Average Latency 18ms (smaller is better)
 
Virgin Media Logo

Performance Score
Average Download 79.49 Mbps
Average Upload 17.54 Mbps
Average Latency 16ms (smaller is better)
 
 FastNet LogoVirgin Media Logo
Service TypesCable
Average Speed Test Result25.07 Mbps79.49 Mbps
Tests above 50 Mbps17%61%
Speed Range Rank66th best speed range15th best speed range
Speed Test Rank28th fastest2nd 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 8,874,346 tests performed this year, compared to FastNet's 6,570 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, FastNet 17th with 931.93 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 15th nationally, compared to FastNet coming in at 66th place. 17% of FastNet's internet speed test results were higher than 50 Mbps, compared to 61% 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
Kensington
London
92.84 Mbps
Redbridge
London
63.86 Mbps
Shoreham-by-Sea
West Sussex
59.84 Mbps
Chorleywood
Hertfordshire
57.91 Mbps
Crawley
West Sussex
41.25 Mbps
London
 
37.5 Mbps
Croydon
London
35.15 Mbps
Eastbourne
East Sussex
30.88 Mbps
Farnham
Surrey
29.95 Mbps
Brent
London
28.22 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