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Virgin Media now even faster, finds Netflix

Virgin Media offers the best peak time performance of its fibre optic service, according to data released by Netflix. 

The ISP crowned the most recent UK ISP Speed Index, compiled by the video streaming service. 

The streaming service placed Virgin at the top of the tree after it collected data between October and December 2013. The ISP extended its lead with peak speeds rising from 2.45Mbps to 2.99Mbps over the three-month period. 

The Netflix UK ISP Speed Index has been running since November 2012 and except for last October, when BT overtook it, Virgin has held the number one spot.

BT has consistently taken second place for the last few months. IT posted speeds of 2.66Mbps, up from 2.48Mbps in October. Sky and O2 both achieved average peak speeds of 2.44Mbps last month.

At the bottom of the league, TalkTalk came fifth with a peak speed of 2.35Mbps. It has pulled itself up from bottom place just with EE disappointing broadband users with an average peak speed of just 2.32Mpbs. 

Joris Evers, director of corporate communications at Netflix, said: “The average is well below the peak performance due to many factors, including the variety of encodes we use to deliver the TV shows and movies we carry, as well as home Wi-Fi and the variety of devices our members use.” 


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