It’s official - Virgin Media is Ireland’s fastest broadband network

Ookla validates Virgin Media claims after 1 million speed tests by Irish consumers

Thursday 27th January, 2016 - Virgin Media has been named Ireland’s fastest broadband network by the independent measurement institute Ookla, following their analysis of over 1 million speed tests by Irish Internet users over six months across the main 4 broadband operators in Ireland.


Ookla Speedtest is the global standard in Internet connection testing and is carried out directly and independently by consumers themselves.  The analysis took place from July – December 2015 and can be viewed on


The results show undisputedly that Virgin Media is providing its customers with the highest broadband speeds in Ireland.   During the six month analysis period, Virgin Media delivered broadband speeds of 123.65 Mbps to customers across its fibre power network in Ireland, almost double the speed of its nearest competitor.


In a further major speed uplift, Virgin Media recently introduced a new top line speed 360 Mbps broadband service to three quarter of a million homes.


Bill Blake, Virgin Media’s Head of Commercial and Products said:


“These findings clearly demonstrate that Virgin Media offers the fastest broadband in Ireland.  This is a fact established by Ookla, the global standard in internet speed testing and none of our competitors come close to our speeds.”


“Broadband device usage is doubling every three years in Ireland and the actual broadband speeds delivered by providers is becoming increasingly important.   Speeds are influenced by a range of factors including the type of subscription, WiFi and the equipment being used such as PCs, laptops, tablets, mobiles, the network and cables into the house.”


Bill Blake added: “The importance of quality high speed broadband in the home is immeasurable.  The average Virgin Media home consumes over 100GB of data per month, an increase of over 300% in the last 3 years.  The average home now has 7.4 connected devices* across laptops, tablets, smartphones and Smart TV’s.


“We’re maximising the power of our network to meet the changing needs of our customers who are among the highest users of Internet and download capacity in Ireland.  The Ookla findings underline our track record of sustained broadband innovation.”


The Ookla Speedtest is designed to show which Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are fastest by showing the top performing speeds achieved by each ISP.  There are over 50 million Ookla Speedtests carried out across over 40,000 ISPs worldwide each month.  Ookla calculates its findings from the highest performing top 10% of all speed test results. 




*Based on YouGov Survey March 2015




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Anna Maria Barry, Virgin Media, 086 227 2072,


About Ookla


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 Speedtest is one of the most popular web sites on the Internet with over 200 million unique visitors in 2015.


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 @Ookla.


About Virgin Media


Virgin Media is Ireland’s leading digital pioneer and innovator.  It was the first to introduce bundles for digital TV, broadband and phone in Ireland in 2007.  Owned by Liberty Global, the company has invested over €1 Billion in Ireland over the past decade.

Virgin Media is a part of Liberty Global plc, the world’s largest international cable company. Together Virgin Media and Liberty Global serve 27 million customers across 14 countries, helping connect people to the digital world and enabling them to discover and experience its endless possibilities.