Solway Communications vs Virgin Media:
Broadband Performance Comparison


Performance Score
Average Download 31.73 Mbps
Average Upload 9.73 Mbps
Average Latency 16ms (smaller is better)
 
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Performance Score
Average Download 68.89 Mbps
Average Upload 13.45 Mbps
Average Latency 14ms (smaller is better)
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Solway Communications
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Service TypesFibreCable
Average Speed Test Result31.73 Mbps68.89 Mbps
Tests above 50 Mbps43%58%
Speed Range Rank26th best speed range19th best speed range
Speed Test Rank51st fastest1st 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 11,743,128 tests performed this year, compared to Solway Communications's 7,181 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, Solway Communications 18th with 849.94 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 19th nationally, compared to Solway Communications coming in at 26th place. 43% of Solway Communications's internet speed test results were higher than 50 Mbps, compared to 58% 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

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Solway Communications vs Virgin Media: Performance by Location

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Fastest locations for Solway Communications

LocationMedian Speed
Thirsk
North Yorkshire
211.95 Mbps
Nuneaton
Warwickshire
150.89 Mbps
Preston
Lancashire
112.62 Mbps
Carlisle
Cumbria
93.96 Mbps
Burgh by Sands
Cumbria
92.95 Mbps
Neilston
East Renfrewshire
70.63 Mbps
Cummersdale
Cumbria
66.74 Mbps
Aberdeen
Aberdeen City
47.57 Mbps
Aspatria
Cumbria
9.7 Mbps
Bewcastle
Cumbria
9.63 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
331.31 Mbps
High Legh
Cheshire East
316.1 Mbps

Last updated: 04 Dec 2021