Wessex Internet vs Virgin Media:
Broadband Performance Comparison

Wessex Internet Logo

Performance Score
Average Download 72.73 Mbps
Average Upload 21.88 Mbps
Average Latency 5ms (smaller is better)
 
Virgin Media Logo

Performance Score
Average Download 79.49 Mbps
Average Upload 17.54 Mbps
Average Latency 16ms (smaller is better)
 
 Wessex Internet LogoVirgin Media Logo
Service TypesFibreCable
Average Speed Test Result72.73 Mbps79.49 Mbps
Tests above 50 Mbps56%61%
Speed Range Rank31st best speed range15th best speed range
Speed Test Rank39th fastest2nd fastest

Wessex Internet vs Virgin Media: Speed Comparison

Wessex Internet Broadband is the 17th 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 Wessex Internet's 11,077 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, Wessex Internet 23rd with 905.51 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 Wessex Internet, ranking 15th nationally, compared to Wessex Internet coming in at 31st place. 56% of Wessex Internet's internet speed test results were higher than 50 Mbps, compared to 61% of Virgin Media's.

Wessex 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, 42% of Wessex Internet'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 1.3 times higher than the 17% of Wessex Internet's speed test results in the same range. At the speedier end of the scale, only 41% of Wessex Internet's broadband speed test results were faster than 80 Mbps, compared to 47% of Virgin Media's.

Wessex Internet Broadband Performance Ranges

Virgin Media Broadband Performance Ranges

Wessex Internet vs Virgin Media: Performance by Location

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Fastest locations for Wessex Internet

LocationMedian Speed
Alton
Hampshire
93.25 Mbps
London
 
91.72 Mbps
Wincanton
Somerset
86.72 Mbps
Leatherhead
Surrey
81.31 Mbps
Abbas and Templecombe
Somerset
69.83 Mbps
Bruton
Somerset
64.92 Mbps
Lytchett Minster and Upton
Dorset
59.49 Mbps
Bourton
Dorset
51.24 Mbps
Iwerne Courtney or Shroton
Dorset
48.76 Mbps
Blandford Forum
Dorset
35.21 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

Wessex Internet vs Virgin Media: Consumer Review Comparison

Wessex Internet Logo
4.50

2 Reviews
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Virgin Media Logo
2.66

444 Reviews
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1 star

Last updated: 25 Jul 2021