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Who are the Fastest Internet Service Providers?

By Edited Feb 13, 2014 0 0

Choosing an ISP, or internet service provider, can be tough in the UK market. In this country there are so many choices, and so many deals being offered that it can be difficult to know which one to go for. One of the best ways of choosing the best ISP is by going for one that offers good speeds. Speed is important in your internet connection, as it determines how fast you can download and upload things onto your computer. Generally, the companies that offer the best download speeds and the bet upload speeds are different, so choosing which you want really depends on what you spend most of your time doing on the internet. We've compiled the stats on the best ISPs for both upload and download speeds, to help you make your choice...

The Best Download Speeds...

Your download speed dictates how fast you can download data from the internet. Whether you're downloading files, movies, music or pictures, if most of your time on the internet is spent getting stuff from the web into your computer, you'll want to choose an ISP with good download speeds. Download speeds also determine how fast the internet operates on your computer, so if you're not sure about how you use the internet, then your default should be for an ISP that offers good download speeds. The top UK ISP for download speeds right now is Virgin Media, which gets average speeds of around 33.5 Mbps. Eclipse comes next, getting around 17.3 Mbps, followed by BT which gets around 14.4 Mbps. PlusNet gets about 12.5 Mbps, after which we're getting into low speed territory. At the bottom of the list we get O2 (around 7.3 Mbps), Sky Broadband (about 7.3 Mpbs also), TalkTalk (around 5.8 Mbps) and EE (the company that used to be Orange UK) which gets around 4.5 Mbps.

The Best Upload Speeds...

If you spend more of your time posting things onto the net than you do getting things off the net, then you're going to be looking for the best upload speeds that you can find. Uploading can mean posting photos onto your online account, using digital internet space for storing, or simply sending files or posting YouTube videos. Upload speeds tend to be a lot lower than download speeds. The current market leader is Eclipse, which gets around 3.3 Mbps, followed by BT which gets around 3.2 Mbps. Virgin Media averages about 2.6 Mbps, and PlusNet gets 2.5 Mbps. Towards the lower end of the list is O2 with about 0.9 Mbps, and Sky Broadband with around 0.8 Mbps. And at the bottom (again) we get TalkTalk with about 0.7 Mbps and EE with just 0.5 Mbps.

The Best Compromise?

If you're looking for both decent downloading and good uploading speeds you will have to compromise a little. Your best bet is probably to go with Eclipse. Sure, theire download speeds don't match those of Virgin Media, but they are second on the market, plus they're at the top of the list of upload speeds, making them a pretty good balance between the two.

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