Plusnet vs Virgin Media Broadband

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Performance Score
Average Download 23.34 Mbps
Average Upload 6.34 Mbps
Average Latency 14ms (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)
 
 Plusnet LogoVirgin Media Logo
Service TypesVDSL, FibreCable
Average Speed Test Result23.34 Mbps79.49 Mbps
Tests above 50 Mbps19%61%
Speed Range Rank65th best speed range15th best speed range
Speed Test Rank70th fastest2nd fastest

Plusnet vs Virgin Media: Speed Comparison

Plusnet Broadband is the fourth 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 Plusnet's 1,957,636 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, Plusnet tenth with 267.21 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 Plusnet, ranking 15th nationally, compared to Plusnet coming in at 65th place. 19% of Plusnet's internet speed test results were higher than 50 Mbps, compared to 61% of Virgin Media's.

Plusnet 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, 66% of Plusnet'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 1.5 times lower than the 33% of Plusnet's speed test results in the same range.

Plusnet Broadband Performance Ranges

Virgin Media Broadband Performance Ranges

Plusnet vs Virgin Media: Performance by Location

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Plusnet vs Virgin Media: Consumer Review Comparison

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2.82

146 Reviews
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2.66

442 Reviews
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Last updated: 25 Jul 2021