Speed test results suggest Virgin Media slow on 19th January 2021
If you have a Virgin Media broadband service and today it is feeling slower than usual it looks like you are not alone.
We monitor our speed test results at hourly intervals for all the major broadband providers and the median download speed has been triggering our alerts at 1:15pm, 2:15pm, 3:15pm and 4:15pm for Virgin Media. The median does seem to getting slightly better as the day progresses so things may be improving, the real test will be the evening peak time hours.
The alerts are triggered by the median download speed, the speeds need to be outside a range defined as two standard deviations i.e. outside of 80.71 to 108.49 Mbps when looking at data from the last 30 days.
The long term trend does show other days when the speeds have dipped close to the alert levels, so it may be that there has been a big software patch for a popular game that has added to the network load of all the home schooling and zoom classes causing this drop. Alternatively we may just be seeing an unusual influx of people on the slower Virgin Media products, but the test volumes don't suggest that is the case.