TalkTalk vs Virgin Media Broadband

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Performance Score
Average Download 26.76 Mbps
Average Upload 7.98 Mbps
Average Latency 16ms (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)
 
 TalkTalk LogoVirgin Media Logo
Service TypesVDSL, FibreCable
Average Speed Test Result26.76 Mbps79.49 Mbps
Tests above 50 Mbps20%61%
Speed Range Rank63rd best speed range15th best speed range
Speed Test Rank29th fastest2nd fastest

TalkTalk vs Virgin Media: Speed Comparison

TalkTalk Broadband is the fifth 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 TalkTalk's 1,700,877 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, TalkTalk sixth with 929.81 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 TalkTalk, ranking 15th nationally, compared to TalkTalk coming in at 63rd place. 20% of TalkTalk's internet speed test results were higher than 50 Mbps, compared to 61% of Virgin Media's.

TalkTalk 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, 66% of TalkTalk'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 1.5 times lower than the 33% of TalkTalk's speed test results in the same range.

TalkTalk Broadband Performance Ranges

Virgin Media Broadband Performance Ranges

TalkTalk vs Virgin Media: Performance by Location

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TalkTalk vs Virgin Media: Consumer Review Comparison

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2.43

114 Reviews
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2.66

444 Reviews
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Last updated: 25 Jul 2021