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Sky Hub Router

Enter our contest to win one of ten new Sky Hub routers!

Posted on 2012-11-19 14:30 in Announcements News

Sky Broadband recently launched the new Sky Hub, which claims to be the router with best wireless range of any major provider, based on an independent study. The Hub offers Sky Smart Signal technology which constantly scans for interference in the home and selects the best wireless signal available. It also provides easy WiFi Protected Setup for WPS enabled devices.

Sky+ customers will be able to connect the Sky Hub to their Sky+ Box to access Sky's new On Demand entertainment services, which can also be accessed when out and about with the help of the Sky Cloud WiFi app.

The Sky Hub is provided to new customers as an inclusive part of their Sky Broadband package. Existing Sky Broadband customers can upgrade to the Hub for an introductory price of £39.

We also managed to get our hands on ten Sky Hubs and five Sky Wireless Connectors to give away in a competition that ran until the 6th of December. The lucky winners will hear from us by the 13th of December.

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National Average Speeds October 2012

Average download speeds increase during October, big improvements for Eclipse

Posted on 2012-11-01 17:59 in Announcements News Plusnet Eclipse Internet BT Virgin Media O2 BE EE

October 2012 saw average download speeds recorded by users of our Broadband Speed Test rise in comparison to the results from September's result, coming in at 18.04Mb. Average upload speed remained stable at around 2Mb.

Virgin Media's average download speeds have increased over last month to 33.43Mb (a 0.5Mb increase) and upload speeds remain stable at 2.17Mb. Fibre to the Cabinet provider Eclipse maintained second place with an impressive 3Mb increase to 17.31Mb for average download speeds, and increased by 1Mb to achieve 3.21Mb average upload speeds. BT Broadband held third place and also increased speeds, with download speeds averaging at 14.4Mb and upload speeds at 3.26Mb. Plusnet came in at 4th place with 12.58Mb download, an increase in speed since last month.

The best performing non-fibre-based provider was again BE and O2 (who share a common infrastructure) in at 5th place with 7.33Mb average download speed over their Local Loop Unbundled ADSL2+ service.

Orange are now trading as EE, and speed test results only include numbers from their fixed line broadband packages, and not their 4G mobile broadband packages.

Read more Broadband Speed Test Results for October 2012

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National Average Speeds August 2012

Average download speeds drop for most ISPS during August, Virgin speeds improve

Posted on 2012-09-03 18:43 in News

August 2012 saw average download speeds recorded by users of our Broadband Speed Test drop slighty in comparison to the results from July's result, coming in at 17.72Mb. Average upload speed remained stable at 2Mb.

Virgin Media's average download and upload speeds have increased over last month to 33.4Mb (a 2Mb increase) and 2.81Mb respectively, ahead of everyone else. Fibre to the Cabinet provider Eclipse maintained second place with speeds dropping to 15.75Mb for average download speeds, and 2.65Mb for average upload speeds. BT Broadband held third place and also had a drop in speeds, with download speeds averaging at 14.17Mb and upload speeds at 2.79Mb. Plusnet came in at 4th place with 9.37Mb download, remaining stable since last month.

The best performing non-fibre-based provider was again BE and O2 (who share a common infrastructure) in at 5th place with 6.06Mb average download speed over their Local Loop Unbundled ADSL2+ service.

Due to a significant drop in overall tests by AOL users, AOL has been dropped from the list to ensure that overall results remain statistically useful.

Read more Broadband Speed Test Results for August 2012

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National Average Speeds July 2012

Average broadband speeds remain stable through July

Posted on 2012-08-02 16:44 in News

July 2012 saw average download speeds recorded by users of our Broadband Speed Test remaining stable in comparison to the results from June's result, coming in at 17.26Mb. Average upload speed remained at 2.1Mb.

Virgin Media's average download and upload speeds have increased over last month at 31.2Mb and 2.62Mb respectively, ahead of everyone else. Fibre to the Cabinet provider Eclipse maintained second place with speeds holding steady at 16.1Mb for average download speeds, but dropping slightly to 2.8Mb for average upload speeds. BT Broadband held third place and also remained stable, with download speeds averaging at 14.92Mb and upload speeds at 3.28Mb. Plusnet came in at 4th place with 9.49Mb download, a solid increase in speed over last month.

The best performing non-fibre-based provider was again BE and O2 (who share a common infrastructure) in at 5th place with 6.46Mb average download speed over their Local Loop Unbundled ADSL2+ service.

Read more Broadband Speed Test Results for July 2012

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National Average Speeds May 2012

Average broadband speeds continue to increase through May

Posted on 2012-06-01 16:52 in Announcements News

May 2012 saw average download speeds recorded by users of our Broadband Speed Test increasing in comparison to the levels achieved in April's result, coming in at 15.29MbAverage upload speed increased to 2.29Mb.

Virgin Media's average download and upload speeds have remained stable at 24.34Mb and 2.66Mb respectively. BT Broadband held second place and increased speeds again, with download speeds averaging at 14.56Mb and upload speeds at 3.75Mb. Fibre to the Cabinet provider Eclipse maintained third place with speeds holding steady at 12.94Mb for average download speeds and 2.48Mb for average upload speeds. 

The best performing non-fibre-based provider was again BE and O2 (who share a common infrastructure) in at 5th place with 6.44Mb average download speed over their Local Loop Unbundled ADSL2+ service. Plusnet came in at 4th place at 6.60Mb, a slight drop on last month.

Read more Broadband Speed Test Results for May 2012

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National Average Speeds April 2012

High speed broadband providers see significant speed increases, non-fibre broadband remains stable

Posted on 2012-05-01 18:49 in News

April 2012 saw average download speeds recorded by users of our Broadband Speed Test continuing to increase in comparison to the levels achieved in March, coming in at a staggering 14.13MbAverage upload speed increased to 1.9Mb.

Increased speeds are likely in large part due to the start of Virgin Media's roll out of double or better speeds for cable customers, which will continue throughout 2012 affecting all but their 100Mb service. BT Broadband's Infinity 2 will also be having an effect on speeds. Virgin Media hold steady at first place, and average download and upload speeds have increased significantly by 5.16Mb to 24.79Mb with upload speeds seeing a small increase to 2.6Mb.

 BT Broadband take second place this month with their own significant speed gains. Download speeds are up by nearlt 4Mb this month, averaging at 13.4Mb and upload speeds are up by over 1Mb at 2.91Mb. While Fibre to the Cabinet provider Eclipse has dropped to third place, their average download speeds have increased by over 1Mb to 12.83Mb and upload speeds to 2.24Mb.

Plusnet came in at 4th place at 6.96Mb, a slight drop from last month. The best performing non-fibre-based provider was again BE and O2 (who share a common infrastructure) in at 5th place with 6.09Mb average download speed over their Local Loop Unbundled ADSL2+ service.

Read more Broadband Speed Test Results for April 2012

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Virgin Media

Virgin Media launch a new range of Collections

Posted on 2012-04-06 18:41 in News Offers

Virgin Media have revamped their TV, broadband and phone bundles, creating a new range of Collections. Each Collection offers super fast broadband of 30Mb or higher, Virgin Media's cutting edge TiVo service and a wide range of TV channels and on demand conent. The higher end Collections offer a great deal of additional channels and perks including an extra V HD box to view TV in a second room of your home. Each Collection has a range of additional options and upgrades available to suit a variety of customer needs:

Virgin Media Essential Collection
Virgin Media Premiere Collection
Virgin Media VIP Collection

Virgin Media TV, Broadband and Phone is also available without the bells and whistles with the new Starter Bundle:

Virgin Media Starter Bundle

The revamp corresponds with Virgin Media officially increasing their minimum download speed to 30Mb and their mid range packages to 60Mb. Customers interested in the 100Mb packages can take advantage of a price drop down to the level of Virgin Media's previous 50Mb range. That's twice the speed for the same price. Available stand alone or with a Virgin Media phoneline:

Virgin Media 30Mb Broadband

Virgin Media 60Mb Broadband
Virgin Media 100Mb Broadband

Virgin Media 30Mb Broadband plus Phone Weekends
Virgin Media 60Mb Broadband plus Phone Weekends
Virgin Media 100Mb Broadband plus Phone Weekends

Line rental £13.90 a month. Roll out of faster speeds is in progress and will continue throughout 2012.

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National Average Speeds March 2012

Virgin Media speed increases drive up average UK broadband speeds

Posted on 2012-04-03 17:03 in Announcements News

March 2012 saw average download speeds recorded by users of our Broadband Speed Test increasing in comparison to the levels achieved in February's result, coming in at 10.73MbAverage upload speed increased to 1.48Mb.

Increased speeds are likely in large part due to the start of Virgin Media's roll out of double or better speeds for cable customers, which will continue throughout 2012 affecting all but their 100Mb service. Virgin Media's average download and upload speeds have increased significantly by 1.98Mb to 19.63Mb with upload speeds seeing a small increase to 2.48Mb. The trend sees Virgin Media's average download speeds increasing by 4Mb over the last two months.

Fibre to the Cabinet provider Eclipse maintained second place despite seeing a small decrease in average download speed to a 11.51Mb average and upload speeds to 1.77MbBT Broadband held third place and made speed gains, with download speeds averaging at 9.47Mb and upload speeds at 1.75Mb.

The best performing non-fibre-based provider was again BE and O2 (who share a common infrastructure) in at 5th place with 6.08Mb average download speed over their Local Loop Unbundled ADSL2+ service. Plusnet came in at 4th place at 7.27Mb, a significant gain on previous months, but this is likely due sign ups for their competitively priced FttC Plusnet Fibre product.

Read more Broadband Speed Test Results for March 2012

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National Average Speeds February 2012

Broadband speeds continue to rise over February

Posted on 2012-03-01 15:48 in Announcements News

February 2012 saw average download speeds recorded by users of our Broadband Speed Test increasing in comparison to the levels achieved in January's result, coming in at 9.32Mb. Average upload speed remained stable at 1.36Mb.

Virgin Media's average download and upload speeds have increased significantly by 2.3Mb to 17.65Mb and upload speeds were stable at 2.43Mb.

Fibre to the Cabinet provider Eclipse made an impressive recovery from their January drop, increasing their average download speed to a 12.27Mb average and upload speeds to 2.09Mb. BT Broadband also see improvements, with download speeds averaging at 8.57Mb and upload speeds at 1.54Mb.

The best performing non-fibre-based provider was again BE and O2 (who share a common infrastructure) in at 4th place with 6.03Mb average download speed over its Local Loop Unbundled ADSL2+ service.

Read more Broadband Speed Test Results for February 2012

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National Average Speeds January 2012

Increase in average broadband speeds over January

Posted on 2012-02-01 14:20 in Announcements News

January 2012 saw average download speeds recorded by users of our Broadband Speed Test increasing in comparison to the levels achieved in December's result, coming in at 8.21Mb. Average upload speed also increased to 1.31Mb.

Virgin Media's average download and upload speeds have increased to 15.33Mb and 2.46Mb respectively.

Fibre to the Cabinet provider Eclipse drop from last months speeds, with a 9.65Mb average download speed and 1.53Mb upload speed. BT Broadband remain stable this month, with download speeds averaging at 7.52Mb and upload speeds at 1.45Mb.

The best performing non-fibre-based provider was again BE and O2 (who share a common infrastructure) in at 5th place with 5.62Mb average download speed over its Local Loop Unbundled ADSL2+ service.

Read more Broadband Speed Test Results for January 2012

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