Sky Broadband vs Virgin Media Broadband

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Performance Score
Average Download 25.75 Mbps
Average Upload 8.37 Mbps
Average Latency 16ms (smaller is better)
 
Virgin Media Logo

Performance Score
Average Download 79.49 Mbps
Average Upload 17.54 Mbps
Average Latency 16ms (smaller is better)
 
 Sky Broadband LogoVirgin Media Logo
Service TypesVDSL, FibreCable
Average Speed Test Result25.75 Mbps79.49 Mbps
Tests above 50 Mbps24%61%
Speed Range Rank62nd best speed range15th best speed range
Speed Test Rank5th fastest2nd fastest

Sky Broadband vs Virgin Media: Speed Comparison

Sky Broadband is the third 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 Sky Broadband's 5,221,674 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, Sky Broadband fourth with 1,887.37 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 Sky Broadband, ranking 15th nationally, compared to Sky Broadband coming in at 62nd place. 24% of Sky Broadband's internet speed test results were higher than 50 Mbps, compared to 61% of Virgin Media's.

Sky 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, 68% of Sky 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 1.4 times lower than the 32% of Sky Broadband's speed test results in the same range.

Sky Broadband Performance Ranges

Virgin Media Broadband Performance Ranges

Sky Broadband vs Virgin Media: Performance by Location

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Sky Broadband vs Virgin Media: Consumer Review Comparison

Sky Broadband Logo
2.48

284 Reviews
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Virgin Media Logo
2.66

442 Reviews
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Last updated: 25 Jul 2021