O2 Broadband vs Virgin Media:
Broadband Performance Comparison


Performance Score
Average Download 9.29 Mbps
Average Upload 1.05 Mbps
Average Latency 22ms (smaller is better)
 
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Performance Score
Average Download 68.89 Mbps
Average Upload 13.45 Mbps
Average Latency 14ms (smaller is better)
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O2 Broadband
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Service TypesCable
Average Speed Test Result9.29 Mbps68.89 Mbps
Tests above 50 Mbps12%58%
Speed Range Rank85th best speed range19th best speed range
Speed Test Rank45th fastest1st fastest

O2 Broadband vs Virgin Media: Speed Comparison

O2 Broadband is the 27th most tested broadband provider in the UK, while Virgin Media is the UK's most tested ISP with 11,743,128 tests performed this year, compared to O2 Broadband's 7,955 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, O2 Broadband 24th with 900.68 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 O2 Broadband, ranking 19th nationally, compared to O2 Broadband coming in at 85th place. 12% of O2 Broadband's internet speed test results were higher than 50 Mbps, compared to 58% of Virgin Media's.

O2 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, 85% of O2 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 1.6 times higher than the 14% of O2 Broadband's speed test results in the same range. At the speedier end of the scale, only 2% of O2 Broadband's broadband speed test results were faster than 80 Mbps, compared to 47% of Virgin Media's.

O2 Broadband Performance Ranges

Virgin Media Broadband Performance Ranges

O2 Broadband vs Virgin Media: Performance by Location

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Fastest locations for O2 Broadband

LocationMedian Speed
Peterborough
 
108.36 Mbps
Bold
St Helens
80.88 Mbps
Chesham
Buckinghamshire
39.74 Mbps
Rainford
St Helens
24.8 Mbps
Elstree and Borehamwood
Hertfordshire
24.15 Mbps
Bury
 
23.71 Mbps
Bradford
 
17.5 Mbps
Porthmadog
Gwynedd
16.55 Mbps
Killamarsh
Derbyshire
16.41 Mbps
Welwyn Garden City
Hertfordshire
15.97 Mbps

Fastest locations for Virgin Media

LocationMedian Speed
Aberdeen
Aberdeen City
608.04 Mbps
Little Chalfont
Buckinghamshire
535.05 Mbps
Shipton
Gloucestershire
494.72 Mbps
Bayston Hill
Shropshire
486.2 Mbps
Ramsey
Cambridgeshire
443.01 Mbps
Oxted
Surrey
426.35 Mbps
Eastleigh
Hampshire
355.53 Mbps
Binfield
Bracknell Forest
339.35 Mbps
Colinton
Edinburgh
331.31 Mbps
High Legh
Cheshire East
316.1 Mbps

O2 Broadband vs Virgin Media: Consumer Review Comparison

O2 Broadband
3.24

67 Reviews
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2.60

1164 Reviews
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Last updated: 04 Dec 2021