Shell Energy vs Virgin Media Broadband

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Performance Score
Average Download 10.26 Mbps
Average Upload 0.85 Mbps
Average Latency 25ms (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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Service TypesCable
Average Speed Test Result10.26 Mbps68.87 Mbps
Tests above 50 Mbps5%58%
Speed Range Rank84th best speed range19th best speed range
Speed Test Rank89th fastest1st fastest

Shell Energy vs Virgin Media: Speed Comparison

Shell Energy Broadband is the tenth 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 Shell Energy's 135,686 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, Shell Energy 11th with 74.85 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 Shell Energy, ranking 19th nationally, compared to Shell Energy coming in at 84th place. 5% of Shell Energy's internet speed test results were higher than 50 Mbps, compared to 58% of Virgin Media's.

Shell Energy 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, 83% of Shell Energy'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 1.3 times higher than the 17% of Shell Energy's speed test results in the same range.

Shell Energy Broadband Performance Ranges

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Shell Energy vs Virgin Media: Performance by Location

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Shell Energy vs Virgin Media: Consumer Review Comparison

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2.49

45 Reviews
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2.59

1174 Reviews
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Last updated: 05 Dec 2021