Virgin Media and Vodafone top broadband speed charts

Virgin Media has been named fastest broadband provider in the UK for the 7th year in a row. Analysis from UK broadband comparison website Broadband Genie recorded an average download of 71.5Mb for Virgin Media customers - almost three times faster than its nearest challenger.

Vodafone claimed top spot for uploading speed, recording an average speed of 10.1Mb. Uploading results were much closer, with just 4.9 Mb separating the UK's leading 7 leading providers.

Broadband Genie analysed more than 12,000 speed tests across the UK in 2018 before announcing the results.

Richard Sinclair MBE, Executive Director for Connectivity at Virgin Media, said: "We're on a mission to make Britain faster and build connections that really matter so we're thrilled that for the seventh year in a row we've been crowned the UK's fastest broadband provider by Broadband Genie."

Scott Petty, Chief Technology Officer at Vodafone UK, said: "We're really pleased to have been recognised as the fastest broadband provider for uploading for the second year running. As the UK's fastest growing provider, we're delighted our customers continue to enjoy best-in-market upload speeds. These are vital for everything from online gaming to uploading photos and live streaming."

Alex Tofts, Broadband Expert at Broadband Genie, said: "Congratulations to Virgin Media on another outstanding performance. But Vodafone should not be underestimated after its strong performance, as we upload much more data now than we used to."

The speed awards are the first announced by Broadband Genie in 2019. Other accolades including 'Best Customer Care' and 'Best Provider' will follow in the coming months.

Please also see the awards hub here and additional blog post here


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Notes to editors: Broadband Genie in collaboration with BroadbandUK collected 12,908 speed test result ran in the UK between 1st July to 31st December 2018.

Download speed results:
Uploading speed results:

About Broadband Genie:

Broadband Genie is an independent switching site providing consumers and businesses with practical help, advice and price comparison for home broadband, mobile broadband, phones, TV services and mobile accessories. Broadband Genie was launched in March 2004 as the first dedicated consumer comparison site for broadband. It is now one of the largest in the UK, attracting more than 250,000 visitors each month.