Solway Communications vs Virgin Media:
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 79.49 Mbps
Average Upload 17.54 Mbps
Average Latency 16ms (smaller is better)
 
 
Solway Communications
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Service TypesFibreCable
Average Speed Test Result19.8 Mbps79.49 Mbps
Tests above 50 Mbps38%61%
Speed Range Rank40th best speed range15th best speed range
Speed Test Rank52nd fastest2nd fastest

Solway Communications vs Virgin Media: Speed Comparison

Solway Communications Broadband is the eighth 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 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 — Virgin Media is second with 5,284.34 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, Virgin Media has a better broadband speed range than Solway Communications, ranking 15th nationally, compared to Solway Communications coming in at 40th place. 38% of Solway Communications's internet speed test results were higher than 50 Mbps, compared to 61% of Virgin Media's.

Solway Communications 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, 80% of Solway Communications'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 2.0 times higher than the 11% of Solway Communications's speed test results in the same range. At the speedier end of the scale, only 9% of Solway Communications's broadband speed test results were faster than 80 Mbps, compared to 47% of Virgin Media's.

Solway Communications Broadband Performance Ranges

Virgin Media Broadband Performance Ranges

Solway Communications vs Virgin Media: 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 Virgin Media

LocationMedian Speed
Higham Ferrers
Northamptonshire
504.93 Mbps
Bayston Hill
Shropshire
486.85 Mbps
Bardney
Lincolnshire
365.38 Mbps
Binfield
Bracknell Forest
346.23 Mbps
Colinton
Edinburgh
342.44 Mbps
Eastleigh
Hampshire
327.55 Mbps
Steventon
Oxfordshire
320.44 Mbps
Ballymena
Mid and East Antrim
314.88 Mbps
High Legh
Cheshire East
308.22 Mbps
Saltburn, Marske and New Marske
Redcar and Cleveland
295.57 Mbps

Last updated: 25 Jul 2021