TalkTalk customers average 5Mb for first time

TalkTalk has passed the 5Mb mark for the first time as average broadband speeds across the country top 7.1Mb.

TalkTalk has passed the 5Mb mark for the first time as average broadband speeds across the country top 7.1Mb.

UK telecoms regulator Ofcom is likely to step in and regulate wholesale rural broadband prices to help rival suppliers compete with BT.

Cheap broadband provider TalkTalk increased its average broadband speeds by 0.5Mb to reach 5.4Mb in April.

Researchers at Broadband.co.uk, noted that "overall the average of all suppliers pulls a little higher to just over 7Mb".

But as usual, cable giant Virgin Media topped the table, with speeds of 13.2Mb - almost double the national average.

The supplier, which has more than four million broadband customers connected to its cable network, also delivered the fastest upload speeds with an average of 1.4Mb.

Eclipse managed to hold onto second place with 6.5Mb, though O2 and BE - who share a network - closed the gap by increasing their average download speed from 5.6Mb to 5.9Mb in March.

Just three providers - AOL, Plusnet and Orange - failed to deliver speeds of over 4Mb.

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