O2 Broadband vs Virgin Media:
Broadband Performance Comparison

Performance Score
Average Download 9.51 Mbps
Average Upload 0.88 Mbps
Average Latency 22ms (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)
O2 Broadband
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Service TypesCable
Average Speed Test Result9.51 Mbps79.49 Mbps
Tests above 50 Mbps9%61%
Speed Range Rank84th best speed range15th best speed range
Speed Test Rank56th fastest2nd 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 8,874,346 tests performed this year, compared to O2 Broadband's 5,065 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, O2 Broadband 24th with 644.55 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 15th nationally, compared to O2 Broadband coming in at 84th place. 9% of O2 Broadband's internet speed test results were higher than 50 Mbps, compared to 61% 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
St Helens
75.71 Mbps
39.74 Mbps
28.94 Mbps
St Helens
23.91 Mbps
20.67 Mbps
Elstree and Borehamwood
17.05 Mbps
Welwyn Garden City
17 Mbps
Bracknell Forest
14.79 Mbps
14.71 Mbps
14.29 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

O2 Broadband vs Virgin Media: Consumer Review Comparison

O2 Broadband

21 Reviews
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444 Reviews
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Last updated: 25 Jul 2021