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    Ofcom calculates UK average speed as 14.7 Mbps

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      Ofcom calculates UK average speed as 14.7 Mbps

      thinkbroadband :: Ofcom calculates UK average speed as 14.7 Mbps
      Today's news from Ofcom is of no comfort to you if you can currently only get an ADSL or ADSL2+ service, as the headline of the UK average broadband speed increasing to 14.7 Mbps will mean nothing to you.

      The Ofcom report if you actually look beyond the headline figure reveals that the improvements are in largely down to Virgin Media continuing its speed upgrade programme, and a higher proportion of people ordering superfast FTTC based services. In some ways the report is more important to the marketing people who if selling an up to 30 Mbps and getting an average speed of 30.6 Mbps will be the most excited, though do remember what Ofcom tells you "These ranges are not a description of the range of speeds actually measured".

      Package 8pm to 10pm weekdays
      BT ADSL2+ 8.2 Mbps to 10.1 Mbps
      EE ADSL2+ 7.1 Mbps to 10.1 Mbps
      Karoo ADSL2+ 8.8 Mbps to 10.6 Mbps
      PlusNet ADSL2+ 8.2 Mbps to 10.4 Mbps
      Sky ADSL2+ 6.9 Mbps to 8.7 Mbps
      TalkTalk ADSL2+ 7.1 Mbps to 9.0 Mbps
      BT up to 38 Mbps 30.6 Mbps to 34.1 Mbps
      BT up to 76 Mbps 59.3 Mbps to 62.7 Mbps
      PlusNet up to 76 Mbps 56.8 Mbps to 59.8 Mbps
      Virgin Media up to 100 Mbps 76.9 Mbps to 85.2 Mbps
      Virgin Media up to 120 Mbps 104.5 Mbps to 111.4 Mbps
      These ranges reflect the average speeds that would be achieved 95 times out of 100 if the exercise was repeated with 100 sets of different panellists. If the range of two operators overlaps, then these operators offer comparable performance. These ranges are not a description of the range of speeds actually measured.
      There is the inevitable widening of the urban rural speed gap, where urban speeds are 26.4 Mbps. but rural areas are just 9.9 Mbps, compared to 13.5 Mbps versus 4.1 Mbps two years ago, but with the on going improvements to broadband speeds across the UK this is to be expected. Unless providers were forced to not sell a faster service until everyone was able to order the new service. The divide is inevitable the question really is whether people believe the political announcements of 90% by 2015, which has now morphed into 95% able to order superfast by 2017, even though the original 2015 projects are only just starting to deliver.

      We have looked at the data from our own speed test for the various providers over on our blog, including products not covered by the Ofcom research e.g. Sky fibre services and while our speeds may look lower, we are not applying any weighting to these results, and don't exclude people based on their line length and the results include a mixture of Ethernet and wireless connectivity.


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      Re: Ofcom calculates UK average speed as 14.7 Mbps

      Quote Originally Posted by Scubbie View Post
      We have looked at the data from our own speed test for the various providers over on our blog
      Thats also due to the skyuser speed checker being crap
      im on a 80000 20000 sync and pull 77 meg down and 18 meg up 99.9% of the time

      08 August, 2013 08:35:54 47544 Kbps 13360 Kbps
      12 July, 2013 18:42:41 42544 Kbps 12703 Kbps
      12 July, 2013 18:42:00 55456 Kbps 12312 Kbps
      27 June, 2013 19:39:16 52304 Kbps 13119 Kbps
      27 June, 2013 19:38:52 45744 Kbps 11271 Kbps
      27 June, 2013 19:38:20 61016 Kbps 11773 Kbps
      27 June, 2013 19:35:21 49872 Kbps 12908 Kbps
      27 June, 2013 19:34:48 54072 Kbps 12908 Kbps
      27 June, 2013 19:34:09 58240 Kbps 13803 Kbps
      27 June, 2013 19:33:26 41968 Kbps 13564 Kbps

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      Re: Ofcom calculates UK average speed as 14.7 Mbps

      The report is from the thinkbroadband site, but I do agree that the checkers used actually are not up to the job.

      I raised this on the thinkbroadband site a little while ago.

      As for the speedchecker available on this site, this has been raised previously. Hopefully Ged can get back on the case soon.

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      Previous ADSL2+ Speed 19999 kbps 1153 kbps, Line Attenuation 17.5 db 6.9 db, Noise Margin 7.5 dB 8.7 dB
      Speedtest: 17.15MB/s 0.97Mb/s Ping 31 ms

     

     

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