Virgin rule the roost but Orange download speeds collapse

The speedtest results for November 2008 from broadband.co.uk show Virgin extending its lead as the UK’s fastest broadband provider, but Orange shows a shocking collapse to an average of only 1.15Mbps.

Ed Dawson from broadband.co.uk, said: “November has been a month of contrasts. On the one hand Virgin is extending its lead in the download speed stakes and on the other, Orange put in the worst set of speedtest results we’ve ever recorded for a broadband provider.”

The results were calculated from thousands of broadband speed tests taken on the broadband.co.uk site during November 2008 by ordinary broadband users UK wide. “Orange are clearly seeing network congestion at peak times, as at off peak times they compare favourably with other suppliers. It is at the peak evening times that its speeds collapse to an average of only 0.675Mbps,” added Dawson.

Despite the progress made by some suppliers such as Virgin in increasing broadband speeds, the majority of providers have seen their average speeds drop, especially at peak times, with the combined results from all suppliers showing the fourth consecutive monthly drop in average download speeds.