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."