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Virgin Media's average download speeds remain the fastest of the UK's major broadband providers, new figures reveal.

Data compiled by Ookla as part of its universal Speedtest.net service and broken down by ISPreview reveals that Virgin Media customers benefit from average downloads speeds that are more than twice as fast as closest rival BT.

In the second quarter of this year, Virgin Media customers have experienced a mean speed of 57.17Mb - vastly higher than those seen by customers of BT, which sits in second place with 26.14Mb.

The figures mark a gradual improvement for Virgin Media, with data for Q1 this year standing at 54.17Mb, and 53.20Mb for the second quarter of last year.

BT has also seen its speeds improve, with the 26.14Mb recorded in Q2 2015 comparing favourably to the 25.97Mb seen in Q1 and the 25.61Mb observed in the second quarter of 2014.

Zen Internet and Plusnet followed closely behind BT with speeds of 25.78 and 24.38 to place them in third and fourth place, respectively.

Industry giants TalkTalk and Sky Broadband were some way back in fifth and sixth place, with average download speeds of 16.52Mb and 14.25Mb, respectively, in the second quarter of the year.

In last place was EE, with 14.07, making it one of just two major broadband providers (the other being Sky) to experience a decrease in speeds between Q1 and Q2 this year.

Despite comfortably topping the chart for download speeds, Virgin Media only sits in fourth for uploads, with an average speed of 6.93Mb, placing it behind Plusnet (7.62Mb), Zen Internet (7.85) and first-placed BT (7.99Mb)

Overall, UK consumers are benefitting from an average download speed of 25.47Mb, and a mean upload speed of 5.89Mb, when all major providers are taken into account.

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