Spectrum Internet vs Virgin Media:
Broadband Performance Comparison

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Performance Score
Average Download 92.18 Mbps
Average Upload 53.49 Mbps
Average Latency 8ms (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)
 Spectrum Internet LogoVirgin Media Logo
Service TypesVDSL, FibreCable
Average Speed Test Result92.18 Mbps79.49 Mbps
Tests above 50 Mbps78%61%
Speed Range Rank8th best speed range15th best speed range
Speed Test Rank24th fastest2nd fastest

Spectrum Internet vs Virgin Media: Speed Comparison

Spectrum Internet Broadband is the 26th 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 Spectrum Internet's 5,884 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, Spectrum Internet seventh with 938.84 Mbps — looking at download speed ranges alongside the percentage of speed tests higher than 50 Mbps will give a clearer picture. In this case, Spectrum Internet has a better broadband speed range than Virgin Media, ranking eighth nationally, compared to Virgin Media coming in at 15th place. 78% of Spectrum Internet's internet speed test results were higher than 50 Mbps, compared to 61% of Virgin Media's.

Spectrum Internet 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, 15% of Spectrum Internet's internet speed tests were slow or very slow. This is better than Virgin Media, who had 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 1.8 times higher than the 12% of Spectrum Internet's speed test results in the same range. At the speedier end of the scale, 73% of Spectrum Internet's broadband speed test results were faster than 80 Mbps, compared to only 47% of Virgin Media's.

Spectrum Internet Broadband Performance Ranges

Virgin Media Broadband Performance Ranges

Spectrum Internet vs Virgin Media: Performance by Location

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Fastest locations for Spectrum Internet

LocationMedian Speed
224.61 Mbps
91.45 Mbps
71.75 Mbps
Stow Hill
60.94 Mbps
Cefn Fforest
Caerphilly County Borough
48.87 Mbps
City and County of Swansea
32.92 Mbps
Long Ashton
North Somerset
22.42 Mbps
14.22 Mbps
Three Crosses
City and County of Swansea
11.51 Mbps
Merthyr Tydfil
10.79 Mbps

Fastest locations for Virgin Media

LocationMedian Speed
Higham Ferrers
504.93 Mbps
Bayston Hill
486.85 Mbps
365.38 Mbps
Bracknell Forest
346.23 Mbps
342.44 Mbps
327.55 Mbps
320.44 Mbps
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