- Best broadband by Upload Speed
By Aaron Howdle | Monday, January 28th 2019
As a general rule, the best upload speed in the UK is around 20Mbps, which is exclusive to the top-end fibre broadband packages. Entry-level fibre broadband packages tend to have upload speeds of up to 10Mbps.
Most providers use the Openreach network (except Virgin Media, which has its own infrastructure), which is why upload speeds are fairly standard across the industry.
A lot of us don't give much thought to the upload speed we get from our broadband provider - we're more interested in download speed for streaming purposes.
However, whether you upload a lot of photos, videos or other files on a regular basis, or whether you work from home, the ability to submit large files quickly has gained importance. Cloud storage allows us to work on a project at home, then access those files easily at work.
A fast upload speed can mean the difference between arriving at work and diving straight in, and despair at the realisation your files weren't fully uploaded when you shut your computer down. Here are the five best upload speed deals on the market now.
BT's Superfast Fibre 2 (previously Infinity 2) offers the same 19/20Mbps upload speeds as other providers on this list, but you do get quite a few extras for the price. Line rental is included, as well as a phone line with unlimited UK weekend calls. BT also provides 1TB (1000GB) of cloud storage with this deal. In addition to these perks, BT customers can use over five million wi-fi hotspots around the UK.
The other stand-out feature of BT's top-end fibre package is BT's Smart Hub, which it claims has the most powerful wi-fi of all major broadband providers. Although note that when BT says 'most powerful wi-fi' it is not referring to the connection speed; it means how far away from your router you can go without losing your wi-fi signal.
When it comes to download speed, Virgin Media easily outpaces the competition. Despite this, Virgin Media's upload speeds are not comparably speedy. In order to get Virgin's best upload speed of 20Mbps, you have to be prepared to pay for its top download speed package.
The activation fee for this blistering fast 362Mbps service is just £25, and the contract is only for 12 months, which is a refreshing change from the 18-month contracts in our list. However, if you want even more flexibility, you can get this package on a one-month contract too. With download speeds almost four times faster than those of other providers, and a decent upload speed, Virgin Media is ahead of the pack.
The top-end package from TalkTalk promises upload speeds up to 19Mbps with no upload or download usage limit. Unlike most providers, TalkTalk guarantees it won't increase the price of your package over the course of your contract. This is good to know, especially considering it already offers the cheapest high-end package on this list. TalkTalk was also the first UK provider to introduce parental controls, which remains a useful feature for parents.
With every plus, there is often a downside. In TalkTalk's case, it's their reputation for poor customer service. On the other hand, a little extra time on the phone in the event of a problem, may be worth it, considering the money you will save.
EE's Fibre Plus Broadband boasts upload speeds in the up to 19Mps range. Set-up is free and line rental is included in the price. So all-in-all this is a pretty good price when compared with similar offers on this list. If you don't already have a phone line to your property, there is an installation charge of £30.
This package includes EE's new dual-band Smart Hub router for optimum connectivity around the home. Plus, existing EE mobile customers can get a free 5GB mobile data boost. To see what speeds EE can offer you, you will need to enter your own postcode in its availability checker.
This broadband package is Sky's fastest fibre offering, with upload speeds averaging 19Mbps. In addition, Sky Broadband Superfast customers receive 12 months of McAfee Internet Security Suite, and a Sky Pay-as-You-Talk phone line, with the option to upgrade to various Sky Talk plans. The package price includes line rental, though there is a one-off set-up cost.
Upload speed is the speed your internet connection sends data over the internet. It comes into play when you are uploading files or posting a picture to social media.
Most games don't require much information to be sent to and from the game's servers. So any of the upload speeds on our list are more than fast enough. However, latency can be an issue. Latency is the speed with which a command makes it through the system. A slow wi-fi connection between your gaming device and your router can take away your advantage. To reduce latency issues, connect to the broadband router with an ethernet cable instead of wi-fi and disconnect any other devices from your router/wi-fi while you are playing.
As with uploading any large files, you want the fastest upload speeds available in your area, so if you can get a package with 20Mbps upload speed and it's within budget, then do.
Skype recommends an upload speed of 1.5Mbps for HD video calling. It may seem odd, but this requirement decreases if more people are in the chat. This is because the video windows will be smaller, and therefore lower resolution for each person. For example, a video chat between four people requires an upload speed of 512Kbps. However the required download speed increases as more people are added to a group chat.
The faster your upload speed the better. For example a 450MB file (roughly equivalent to a TV show) will take 15 minutes to upload if your upload speed is 4Mbps, whereas the same file will only take 3 minutes, 45 seconds if your upload speed is 16Mbps.
The faster your upload speed, the better. However, there can be bottlenecks further up the line at the cloud storage provider, as is evidenced by the volume of complaints on forums for iCloud and other cloud storage providers. So having a fast upload speed will help, but doesn't necessarily guarantee that your massive photo library will back-up quickly.