Top broadband providers revealed

Suppliers offering the most consistent broadband speeds throughout 2007 have been announced by comparison site,

Virgin Media takes the top spot in the ‘welter weight’ category for providers offering up to 2Mb, and in the ‘heavy weight’ category for speeds of up to 16Mb, 20Mb or 24Mb.

Sky was awarded the best provider in the ‘cruiser weight’ category, for offering speeds between 2Mb and 8Mb.

TalkTalk didn’t appear anywhere near the top of the results, having only delivered an average speed of 2.2Mb for its 8Mb package; while the wooden spoon was awarded to Supanet.

The awards come after a report from consumer group Which? found a huge gap between the publicised broadband speeds and what consumers actually receive.

Michael Phillips, product director at, said: “Connections get degraded the further away they are from the BT exchange. Factors like this and poor quality wiring significantly degrade broadband connections and reduce the available speed.

“It’s simply not possible for every customer to get the advertised speed. Our speed tests show that, on average, customers only receive 35% of the promised speed.”

Industry regulator Ofcom has called upon internet providers to give consumers clearer information about the actual speed they can receive, as opposed to the maximum advertised.

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