When are the fastest and slowest speeds of ISP broadband in UK?

Tuesday, January 29th 2013

It is a known fact that broadband is delivered as a shared service over a typical local network that is provided by the ISPs. So, download or upload speed can be affected by this sharing. uSwitch that provides impartial online and telephone comparison and also switching service, has made a research to find out when broadband service is fastest in the country. After analysing data from millions of speed tests (nearly 2.3 million), they have concluded that consumers get the fastest speeds during 4am and the slowest speeds when online at 9pm. The busiest period coincides in the evening hours. when people get home and before going to bed, not even during working hours.


So, logically the best time to make large downloading of files will be around midnight to 6am. During this time many of the ISPs offer in their packages “Unlimited” usage. The speeds are noticeably better too during this time. From the research it was learnt that speeds during peak hour usage may drop by as much as 60% in parts of the UK. For instance Dudley in England recorded around 31.81Mbps during 4am and 12.62 during 9pm (60% drop). Bolten in England recorded 27.76Mbps during 4am and averaged 11.91Mbps during 9pm (58% drop). According to uSwitch the UK average for download speed at 4am is near 14.83Mbps but dips to around 10.72Mbps average at 9pm. The study was carried out from July21, 2012 to January 20, 2013.


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