Broadband Internet Speed Test

Click on the “Go” button on the Ookla Speed Checker below to start the internet broadband speed test.

An explanation of the speedtest results and guidance of what internet speed you need can be found at the bottom of this page.

For a more accurate reading, run the Speedtest twice

 

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Our Pick of the Best Broadband Deals This Week.

Broadband DetailsMonthly
Plusnet 10Mb BroadbandPlusnet 10Mb Unlimited Broadband, 12 Months Contract, £0 Setup + £50 Reward card£18.99 View18.9910pnet,10mb,bb-promo
Plusnet 36Mb BroadbandPlusnet 36Mb Fibre Broadband, 12 Months Contract, £0 Setup + £60 Reward card£22.99 View22.9936pnet,36mb,bb-promo
Plusnet 66Mb BroadbandPlusnet 66Mb Fibre Extra Broadband, 12 Months Contract, £0 Setup + £65 Reward card£24.99 View24.9966pnet,66mb,bb-promo
Sky Broadband DealsSky 11Mb Essential Plus Broadband, 18 Months Contract, £0 Setup£30 View3011sky,59mb,bb
Sky Broadband DealsSky 59 - 74Mb Superfast Broadband, 18 Months Contract, £0 Setup£25 View2559sky,59mb,bb-promo
Sky Broadband DealsSky 130Mb Ultrafast Broadband, 18 Months Contract, £0 Setup£35 View35130sky,130mb,bb-promo
Sky Broadband DealsSky 500Mb Ultrafast+ Broadband, 18 Months Contract, £0 Setup£45 View45500sky,500mb,bb-promo
BT Broadband DealsBT 36 Fibre Essential Broadband, 24 Months Contract, £0 Setup£27.99 View27.9936bt,36mb,bb-promo
BT Broadband DealsBT 50Mb Fibre 1 Broadband, 24 Months Contract, £0 Setup + £70 Reward Card£28.99 View28.9950bt,50mb,bb-promo
BT Broadband DealsBT 67Mb+ Fibre 2 Broadband, 24 Months Contract, £0 Setup + £90 BT Reward Card£32.99 View32.9967bt,73mb,bb-promo
BT Full Fibre Broadband DealsBT 150Mb+ Full Fibre 100 Broadband, 24 Months Contract, £9.99 Setup34.99 View34.99150bt,150mb,bb
BT Full Fibre Broadband DealsBT 500Mb+ Full Fibre 500 Broadband, 24Months Contract, £0 Setup£44.99 View44.99500bt,500mb,bb
BT Full Fibre Broadband DealsBT 900Mb Full Fibre 900 Broadband, 24 Months Contract, £0 Setup£54.99 View54.99900bt,900mb,bb-promo
VirginMedia M500Virgin Media M100 (108Mb) Broadband & Phone, 18 Months Contract, £35 Setup£28 View28108vmedia,108mb,vmtb,bb-promo
VirginMedia M200Virgin Media M200 (213Mb) Broadband & Phone, 18 Months Contract, £35 Setup£34 View34213vmedia,213mb,bb-promo
VirginMedia M350Virgin Media M350 (362Mb) Broadband & Phone, 18 Months Contract, £35 Setup£40 View40362vmedia,350mb,bb
VirginMedia M500Virgin Media M500 (516Mb) Broadband, 18 Months Contract, £35 Setup £46 View46516vmedia,516mb,bb-promo
VirginMedia 1Gb BroadbandVirgin Media Gigabit (1Gb) Broadband, 18 Months Contract, £35 Setup£62 View621000vmedia,1000mb,bb
Vodafone Superfast BroadbandVodafone 67Mb Superfast2 Broadband, 24 Months Contract, £0 Setup. Offer end 20th December.£20.50 View20.5067voda,67mb,bb-promo
Vodafone Superfast BroadbandVodafone 100Mb Superfast 100 Broadband, 24 Months Contract, £0 Setup. Offer ends 20th December.£23.50 View23.50100voda,100mb,bb-promo
Vodafone Superfast BroadbandVodafone 200Mb Superfast 200 Broadband, 24 Months Contract, £0 Setup. Offer ends 20th December.£36.50 View36.50200voda,200mb,bb
Vodafone Superfast BroadbandVodafone 500Mb Ultrafast 500 Broadband, 24 Months Contract, £0 Setup. Offer ends 20th December.£36.50 View36.50500voda,500mb,bb-promo
Vodafone Superfast BroadbandVodafone 900Mb Superfast 900 Broadband, 24 Months Contract, £0 SetupFrom £30 View30900voda,900mb,bb
Three 4G Broadband DealThree 4G (50 - 100Mb) Broadband, No Contract, No Landline required, £0 Setup, Next day delivery, 14 day Money-Back Guarantee£14 View14503uk,50mb,bb-promo
Three 5G Broadband DealThree 5G (100Mb+) Broadband, No Contract, No Landline required, £0 Setup, Next day delivery, 14 day Money-Back Guarantee£30 View301003uk,100mb,bb-promo
EE 10Mb BroadbandEE 10Mb Standard Broadband, 24 Months Contract, £0 Setup £21 View2110e-e,10mb,bb
EE 36Mb Broadband DealEE 36Mb Fibre Broadband, 24 Months Contract, £0 Setup£25 View2536e-e,36mb,bb
EE 67Mb Broadband DealsEE 67Mb Fibre Plus Broadband, 24 Months Contract, £0 Setup£27 View2767e-e,67mb,bb-promo
EE 100Mb Broadband DealsEE 100Mb Full Fibre Max 100 Broadband, 24 Months Contract, £0 Setup£31 View31100e-e,100mb,bb
EE 500Mb Broadband DealsEE 500Mb Full Fibre Max 500 Broadband, 24 Months Contract, £0 Setup£44 View44500e-e,500mb,bb
EE 900Mb Broadband DealsEE 900Mb Full Fibre Max 900 Broadband, 24 Months Contract, £0 Setup£49 View49900e-e,900mb,bb
NOW 11Mb Broadband DealsNOW 11Mb Brilliant Broadband, 12 Months Contract, £0 Setup £18 View1811now,11mb,bb
NOW 36Mb Broadband DealsNOW 36Mb Fab Fibre Broadband, 12 Months Contract, £0 Setup£20 View2036now,36mb,bb
NOW 63Mb Broadband DealsNOW 63Mb Super Fibre Broadband, 12 Months Contract, £0 Setup£20 View2063now,63mb,bb-promo
John Lewis 10Mb Broadband DealsJohn Lewis 10Mb Unlimited Broadband, 12 Months Contract, £0 Setup + £40 John Lewis Gift Card£18.75 View18.7510jl,10mb,bb
John Lewis 36Mb Broadband DealsJohn Lewis 36Mb Fibre Broadband, 12 Months Contract, £0 Setup + £50 John Lewis Gift Card£24 View2436jl,36mb,bb
John Lewis 66Mb Broadband DealsJohn Lewis 66Mb Fibre Extra Broadband, 12 Months Contract, £0 Setup + £75 John Lewis Gift Card£27 View2766jl,66mb,bb-promo
Hyperoptic 50Mb Full Fibre BroadbandHyperoptic 50Mb Fibre Broadband, 24 Months Contract, £0 Setup £0 £25 View2550hyper,50mb,bb
Hyperoptic 150Mb Full Fibre BroadbandHyperoptic 150Mb Fibre Broadband, 24 Months Contract, £0 Setup £0 £35 View35150hyper,150mb,bb
Hyperoptic 500Mb Full Fibre BroadbandHyperoptic 500Mb Fibre Broadband, 24 Months Contract, £0 Setup£0 £50 View50500hyper,500mb,bb-promo
Hyperoptic 1Gb Full Fibre BroadbandHyperoptic 1Gb (1000Mb) Fibre Broadband, 24 Months Contract, £0 Setup £0 £60 View601000hyper,1000mb,bb-promo

Best Broadband and TV Packages this Week.

PackageMonthly
Sky Broadband TV DealsSky Brilliant Sky Q & 59Mb Superfast Broadband£32sky,59mb,tv3259promo-tv
Sky Broadband TV DealsSky Superfast TV Deal. Sky TV, Netflix & 59Mb Superfast Broadband + Your Optional Extras£43sky,59mb,tv4359promo-tv
Sky Broadband TV DealsSky Ultrafast TV Deal. Sky TV, Netflix & 145Mb Superfast Broadband£50sky,59mb,tv5059promo-tv
Virgin Media TV Broadband DealsVirgin Media Bigger bundle + Sports & Movies. M100 (108Mb) Fibre Broadband, Sky Sports, Sky Cinema HD, 210+ TV channels & Talk Weekends£79vmedia,108mb,tv79108promo-tv
Virgin Media TV Broadband DealsVirgin Media Bigger bundle + Sports, M350 (362Mb) Fibre Broadband, Sky Sports, 195+ TV channels & Talk Weekends.£69vmedia,362mb,tv69362promo-tv
Virgin Media TV Broadband DealsVirgin Media Bigger bundle + Movies. M350 (362Mb) Fibre Broadband, Sky Cinema HD, 200+ TV channels & Talk Weekends£59vmedia,362Mb,tv59362promo-tv
Virgin Media TV Broadband DealsVirgin Media Broadband + TV. M200 (213Mb) Broadband & 190+ TV channels£49vmedia,213,tv49213promo-tv
Virgin Media TV Broadband DealsVirgin Media Big Volt bundle. M50 M100 (108Mb) Fibre Broadband, Talk Weekends & 100+ TV channels + 5GB 10GB O2 sim£45vmedia,108,tv45108promo-tv
Virgin Media TV Broadband DealsVirgin Media Big bundle + Drama. M100 (108Mb) Fibre Broadband, 135+ channels with Entertainment & Drama, Talk Weekends.£39vmedia,108,tv39108promo-tv
Virgin Media TV Broadband DealsVirgin Big bundle. M50 (54Mb) Fibre Broadband, Talk Weekends & 100+ TV channels£33vmedia,54,tv3354promo-tv
EE Apple TV Broadband DealsEE 36Mb & Apple TV 4K with Free BT Sports£40e-e,36,tv4036promo-tv
EE Apple TV Broadband DealsEE 67Mb & Apple TV 4K with Free BT Sports£43e-e,67,tv4367
EE Apple TV Broadband DealsEE 145Mb & Apple TV 4K with Free BT Sports£50e-e,145,tv50145
BT TV Broadband DealsBT Entertainment + Fibre 2 (67 Mb) broadband, 24 Months Contract, £0 Setup + £90 BT Reward Card£48.99bt,67,tv48.9967promo-tv
BT TV Broadband DealsBT Sport + Fibre 2 (67Mb) broadband, 24 Months Contract, £0 Setup + £90 BT Reward Card£47.99bt,67,tv47.9967promo-tv
BT TV Broadband DealsBT Big Sport (BT Sports & All Sky sports channels) + Fibre 2 (67Mb) broadband, 24 Months Contract, £0 Setup + £90 BT Reward Card£72.99bt,67,tv72.9967promo-tv

 

What’s the Minimum Broadband Speed I need?

How do you use your Internet Connection?Minimum Download Speed Required
Very casual use, email and general web browsing5Mb
Web Surfing, Email, Online Shopping, Social Media, Music Streaming, Standard Definition (SD) Video streaming10Mb
High Definition (HD) Video Streaming, Video Clips, Video conferencing, Skype, Zoom, FaceTime, Online Gaming, Streaming music
25Mb
Multiple Heavy Users, Smart Home devices, Recording & Surveillance devices, Ultra High Definition (UHD) Video Streaming, Netflix, Gaming, etc
30Mb
Multiple heavy users performing all of the above plus frequently downloading/uploading large files, peer-to-peer file sharing and Avid online gamers. 50+ Mb


How to improve the accuracy of the speed test

Ensure that you do not have any downloads or uploading taking place whilst you run the test. The less applications you have running on your PC/device the better. For an even more refined test, connect to your broadband router using a Ethernet cable. That way you will rule out any WiFi issues or interference and it will be an even more accurate reading.

What is the Ping result?

The ping response tells you how fast you get a response back from a web server. Ping is measured in milliseconds (ms). This is your connection’s reaction time. The lower the number the better the connection. Anything around 6ms is good.

What is Jitter?

Jitter is a delay during the transfer of data. This is the delay between when a signal is transmitted and when it is received. Jitter can be caused by a number of factors such as network congestion, signal interference and collisions. Jitter is measured in milliseconds. All internet connections experience a level of jitter and it is most visible and problematic for real-time applications such as online gaming, streaming and voice communications (e.g Skype). For optimal performance, jitter must not be over 15 milliseconds maximum or else there will be an impact on performance.

What is the download speed?

Download speed is measured in megabits per second (Mbps). This is a measure of how quick your broadband connection pulls data from online internet servers such as displaying web pages, watching videos and downloading files. Your internet download speed result will be higher than upload speed because the majority of internet activity consists more of downloading than uploading (e.g. web servers sending the content of web pages to your computer/device screen). The data is downloaded so that it can be displayed on your internet browser. Difference between download & Upload speed.

What is the Upload speed?

The upload speed is how quick your internet broadband connection sends data up to web servers. When you click a link on a web page your computer ‘uploads’ a small data signal (also know as a packet) to the website telling it that you have clicked on a link. The web page then reacts by displaying the content of the link clicked. Displaying the content of the web page uses your ‘download’ bandwidth to send the data (i.e text, image, videos, etc) of the new page to your screen hence why download bandwidth is (should) always be higher than upload. Other examples of uploading are sending files, emails, video chat or messaging.

Difference between Upload and Download speed

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Frequently Asked Questions
If your internet connection is not working as expected or you are suffering intermittent disconnections or performance issues, testing your connection is the first step to identify and troubleshoot the problem. You can use the speed test on this site to make sure that you are not being short changed by your Internet Service Provider (ISP)

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Speed test results from one or several different online speed tests can vary due to a number of reasons such as:
Contention on your Internet Service Provider’s network
– Load on your broadband connection at the time of the speed test
– Difference on where the speed test servers are located
– Different test methods between the online speed test providers

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The speed test is a real time measurement of your broadband speed. Speed test taken within minutes of each other may differ.

Variations in Wi-Fi and cellular radio quality and MIMO stream handling quality between devices can cause varying results between a phone, tablet and PC.

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You have two options if your speed test results are not what you expect.

  1.  Check that other users on your broadband are not streaming or downloading huge files. Any ‘above average’ utilisation on your broadband will affect your speed test results. We recommend that you reboot your PC and broadband router and run a clean test.
  2. If you are continually suffering from slow broadband performance from your provider, it may be time to find an alternative broadband provider.

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The broadband speed test on this site is the Ookla (speedtest.net) speed test which is one of the most popular online speed testers (but without all the advertisements that slow your connection).

There are a number of other speed tests that you can use to double check your speed readings.

The top 3 broadband speed testers are:

  • Ookla – speedtest.net
    This is the speed test widget we have embedded on this website. One of the most accurate and most used internet speed testers.
  • Testmy.net
    Good comprehensive speed test results and comparisons. Downside of this speed test is that it is filled with Ads.
  • speedof.me
    Good simple speed test and clear results without so many Ads.

Also check out the Google Speed test widget which is a basic speed tester.

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There are numerous reasons why your Speed test results may be slower than you expected. To ensure that your results are accurate make sure you;

  1. Use a wired Ethernet connection instead of wireless
  2. Stop or close any programs working in the back ground
  3. Ensure that your internet connection is not being saturated by others in the household e.g downloads, streaming, internet calls, etc.
  4. Restart your broadband route and the re-run the test

If the results are still the same it could be a fault of your broadband connection. Contact your supplier to check your connection.

Alternatively if you are aware that your connection is constantly unreliable and are looking to switch – check out these alternative providers.

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