Pure Broadband vs Virgin Media:
Broadband Performance Comparison

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Performance Score
Average Download 17.93 Mbps
Average Upload 4.83 Mbps
Average Latency 10ms (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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 Pure Broadband LogoVirgin Media Logo
Service TypesCable
Average Speed Test Result17.93 Mbps68.87 Mbps
Tests above 50 Mbps36%58%
Speed Range Rank41st best speed range19th best speed range
Speed Test Rank19th fastest1st fastest

Pure Broadband vs Virgin Media: Speed Comparison

Pure Broadband is the 28th 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 Pure Broadband's 4,235 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, Pure Broadband 25th with 945.14 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 Pure Broadband, ranking 19th nationally, compared to Pure Broadband coming in at 41st place. 36% of Pure Broadband's internet speed test results were higher than 50 Mbps, compared to 58% of Virgin Media's.

Pure 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, 97% of Pure 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 8.5 times higher than the 3% of Pure Broadband's speed test results in the same range.

Pure Broadband Performance Ranges

Virgin Media Broadband Performance Ranges

Pure Broadband vs Virgin Media: Performance by Location

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Fastest locations for Pure Broadband

LocationMedian Speed
Stoke-on-Trent
 
101.62 Mbps
Warmsworth
Doncaster
77.63 Mbps
Kingston upon Hull
 
9.54 Mbps
Barton-upon-Humber
North Lincolnshire
9.45 Mbps
Manchester
 
8.92 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
330.16 Mbps
High Legh
Cheshire East
316.1 Mbps

Pure Broadband vs Virgin Media: Consumer Review Comparison

Pure Broadband Logo
3.20

5 Reviews
5 star
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1 star
Virgin Media Logo
2.59

1174 Reviews
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4 star
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1 star

Last updated: 05 Dec 2021