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Virgin Media knocks BT from top of Netflix's speed index

But both ISPs are shamed by the Netherlands
Mon Dec 09 2013, 14:26

TV AND FILM STREAMING SERVICE Netflix has named Virgin Media the UK's fastest internet service provider (ISP) for November, knocking BT from the top spot.

Netflix's monthly speed index names and shames UK ISPs to show which ones offer the best internet streaming experience.

While BT topped Netflix's October list, Virgin Media is back in the number one spot, with Netflix recording average speeds on Virgin's service of 2.59Mpbs for the month of November, up from 2.45Mbps the previous month. BT, on the other hand, saw an average speed of 2.5Mbps, which while up from October's 2.48Mbps, failed to top rival Virgin Media.

O2 took third place with 2.32Mbps, marginally trumping Sky, which provides averge speeds of 2.31Mbps. EE and Talktalk shamefully sit at the bottom of Netflix's November list, with the streaming service recording average speeds of 2.28Mbps and 2.27Mbps, respectively.

While some UK ISPs might feel quite smug with these results, perhaps they shouldn't be too cocky. Netflix's latest speed index also reveals that the Netherlands has a huge lead over the UK when it comes to TV and film streaming, and with average speeds of 3.16Mbps, Netflix has crowned the country the best for using its service.

Netflix said in a blog post on Monday, "Netherlands takes a firm lead compared to the other nations in the index. No other country crosses 3Mpbs, but runners up Sweden and Denmark come close with 2.83Mpbs and 2.8Mpbs, respectively.

"Looking at the bottom rankings, Mexico ranks last, just below Ireland and the US," it added, giving UK ISPs a reason to feel better. µ


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