Spectrum Internet vs Virgin Media:
Broadband Performance Comparison

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Performance Score
Average Download 91.03 Mbps
Average Upload 44.4 Mbps
Average Latency 12ms (smaller is better)
 
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Performance Score
Average Download 68.87 Mbps
Average Upload 13.42 Mbps
Average Latency 14ms (smaller is better)
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 Spectrum Internet LogoVirgin Media Logo
Service TypesVDSL, FibreCable
Average Speed Test Result91.03 Mbps68.87 Mbps
Tests above 50 Mbps71%58%
Speed Range Rank8th best speed range19th best speed range
Speed Test Rank30th fastest1st 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 11,780,411 tests performed this year, compared to Spectrum Internet's 7,258 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, 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 19th place. 71% of Spectrum Internet's internet speed test results were higher than 50 Mbps, compared to 58% 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
Bristol
 
218.91 Mbps
Haverfordwest
Pembrokeshire
144.16 Mbps
Barry
Vale of Glamorgan
121.9 Mbps
Llanfoist Fawr
Monmouthshire
98.13 Mbps
Castle
Cardiff
90.64 Mbps
Penarth
Vale of Glamorgan
65.55 Mbps
Chepstow
Monmouthshire
54.04 Mbps
Stow Hill
Newport
50.53 Mbps
Bishopston
City and County of Swansea
36.95 Mbps
Long Ashton
North Somerset
31.74 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
330.16 Mbps
High Legh
Cheshire East
316.1 Mbps

Last updated: 05 Dec 2021