Solway Communications vs BT:
Broadband Performance Comparison


Performance Score
Average Download 19.8 Mbps
Average Upload 18.96 Mbps
Average Latency 19ms (smaller is better)
 
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Performance Score
Average Download 35.84 Mbps
Average Upload 13.39 Mbps
Average Latency 11ms (smaller is better)
 
Solway Communications
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Service TypesFibreVDSL, Fibre
Average Speed Test Result19.8 Mbps35.84 Mbps
Tests above 50 Mbps38%35%
Speed Range Rank40th best speed range49th best speed range
Speed Test Rank52nd fastest1st fastest

Solway Communications vs BT: Speed Comparison

Solway Communications Broadband is the eighth most tested broadband provider in the UK, while BT is the UK's second most tested ISP with 7,092,404 tests performed this year, compared to Solway Communications's 5,336 speed tests. While looking at the fastest speeds seen from each broadband provider often doesn't tell the full story — BT is first with 6,068.11 Mbps, Solway Communications 18th with 777.31 Mbps — looking at download speed ranges alongside the percentage of speed tests higher than 50 Mbps will give a clearer picture. In this case, Solway Communications has a better broadband speed range than BT, ranking 40th nationally, compared to BT coming in at 49th place. 38% of Solway Communications's internet speed test results were higher than 50 Mbps, compared to 35% of BT's.

Solway Communications vs BT: 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, 80% of Solway Communications's internet speed tests were slow or very slow. This is worse than BT, who had only 50% of their broadband speed tests classied "slow" or worse. For the average user needing only adquate or "good" internet service, 42% of BT's download speeds fell between 30 and 80 Mbps. This is 3.8 times higher than the 11% of Solway Communications's speed test results in the same range. At the speedier end of the scale, 9% of Solway Communications's broadband speed test results were faster than 80 Mbps, compared to only 8% of BT's.

Solway Communications Broadband Performance Ranges

BT Broadband Performance Ranges

Solway Communications vs BT: Performance by Location

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Fastest locations for Solway Communications

LocationMedian Speed
Thirsk
North Yorkshire
224.64 Mbps
Preston
Lancashire
100.3 Mbps
Carlisle
Cumbria
94.01 Mbps
Burgh by Sands
Cumbria
74.21 Mbps
Neilston
East Renfrewshire
62.35 Mbps
Aberdeen
Aberdeen City
47.57 Mbps
Cummersdale
Cumbria
37.26 Mbps
Bewcastle
Cumbria
9.47 Mbps
Aikton
Cumbria
8.56 Mbps
Wormhill
Derbyshire
3.56 Mbps

Fastest locations for BT

LocationMedian Speed
Poynings
West Sussex
816.62 Mbps
Ancaster
Lincolnshire
808.48 Mbps
Bircham
Norfolk
455.54 Mbps
Portglenone
Mid and East Antrim
432.43 Mbps
Chorley
Lancashire
317.22 Mbps
Froxfield and Privett
Hampshire
298.01 Mbps
Eglwyswrw
Pembrokeshire
287.53 Mbps
Angle
Pembrokeshire
284.4 Mbps
Wistow
Cambridgeshire
269.85 Mbps
Arthuret
Cumbria
264.65 Mbps

Last updated: 25 Jul 2021