Confirmed! Virgin Media is Ireland’s Fastest Broadband
and In-Home WiFi Network

Virgin Media awarded fastest broadband for the third year in a row


Ookla®, the independent consumer initiated testing platform has named Virgin Media as Ireland’s fastest broadband provider, for the third year in a row, and Ireland’s fastest In-Home WiFi network. The Speedtest® results show that Virgin Media is more than twice as fast as its nearest competitor for broadband and In-Home WiFi.


Comparing hundreds of thousands of tests carried out by consumers themselves, Ookla studied the 90th percentile speeds delivered by all the major internet service providers in Ireland during the award determination period (Q2-Q3 2017).


Virgin Media provided the fastest average speeds delivering 90th percentile download speeds of 209.27 Mbps compared to eir (81.28 Mbps), Vodafone (66.99 Mbps) or Sky (62.74 Mbps).


Virgin Media’s In-Home WiFi also excelled, providing Virgin’s customers with 90th percentile download speeds of 176.15 Mbps, compared to eir (74.41 Mbps), Sky (58.89 Mbps) and Vodafone (58.84 Mbps).


Paul Higgins, Director of Consumer at Virgin Media, said: “Unlike most of our competitors, Virgin Media owns its entire network which means we aren’t reliant on corroding copper wires to get the internet from the street into your home. We use advanced DOCSIS 3 cable technology, meaning we can deliver the fastest speeds in Ireland directly to people’s homes. The results can be seen in the speed we’re delivering as shown by the independent speed test carried out by Ookla.


“The Virgin Media Hub is rather special and receiving this recognition by Ookla is hugely rewarding.  Customers can expect to achieve the best In Home Wifi  and enjoy more connected entertainment including video, movies and gaming, with more devices than you can shake a stick at making sure everyone in the home is happy and connected.


“We’re delivering the fastest speeds now which is a fact, not some futuristic dream other network providers are caught up in. We’re continuing to invest substantially in our network through expansion and upgrades to provide the fastest broadband speeds and to deliver even faster speeds in the future.”


“The average Virgin Media home currently uses 231 GB of data per month across multiple devices and this continues to grow. Peak time usage is growing by 40% a year which is why we’re committed to upgrading and expanding our network to provide even faster speeds in the future.”


Jamie Steven, Executive Vice President of Ookla said "We are pleased to award Virgin Media with the award for Fastest Broadband and In-Home WiFi Network in Ireland. This recognition is testament to their exceptional performance in Q2–Q3 2017 based on Ookla's rigorous analysis of consumer-initiated tests taken with Speedtest."


The full results of the speed test can be viewed:



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Notes to Editor

The timeframe associated with these speed results are Q2-Q3 2017

Speedtest by Ookla is the global standard in Internet connection testing and tests are carried out directly and independently by consumers themselves.

Speedtest by Ookla determines which Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are fastest by analysing the top performing speeds achieved by each ISP.   The company calculates its findings from the highest performing top 10% of all speed test results.  

Ookla is the global leader in broadband speed testing and web-based network diagnostic applications. The company's software and methodologies set the broadband industry standards for accuracy, popularity, ease of use and the subsequent development of statistical data.

Ookla solutions have been adopted by nearly every ISP in the world, and have been translated into over 30 languages for use by thousands of small businesses, federal and state governments, universities and major organizations such as AT&T, BBC, Cisco, Comcast, FCC, Reuters, Time Warner, Verizon, Vodafone and Vonage. Over three million people a day use Ookla software, making the company the dominant leader in broadband connection testing. Founded by Internet and telecommunications veterans in 2006, Ookla has offices in Seattle, WA. You can follow the company on Twitter:  @Speedtest