Summary: Find out about the speeds you can expect from our broadband products.

Below are the download speeds we aim for on our Residential and Business broadband products.

  • If you're not sure what the categories mean, there's a key at the bottom of the page
  • If you're looking for upload speed information, please see our Broadband upload speeds guide
  • If your current product is not shown on this page, please see our Broadband product archive
  • These speeds are not guaranteed, and you may see lower if the network is busy. Under normal conditions and providing our network is performing well, we relax the rate limits on Fridays and Saturdays
  • Before reporting a problem, make sure you read our tips on How to get the best broadband speed

To get started, click on the name of the product you want to see download speed information for.


  • Browsing - Viewing webpages with a web browser
  • Email - Sending and receiving email with an email program such as Outlook or Mac Mail
  • VoIP - Making phone calls over your broadband connection
  • Peer to peer/Usenet - Downloading with from file sharing applications or binary newsgroups (does not include text only services)
  • Plusnet FTP - Using FTP to move files to or from servers operated by us
  • External FTP - Using FTP to move files to or from servers not operated by us
  • VPN - A secure way to connect to a network at another location, often used by home workers to access work systems. Includes VNC and Windows Remote Desktop. Network protocols such as SSH and Telnet also fall under the VPN category
  • Gaming - Online gaming
  • Download sites & servers - Large file transfers to or from the following sites and sources
  • Streaming - Playing continuous multimedia TV, movie or music files
  • Other - Activities that do not fit into the above categories
  • Activities not listed are not restricted but are subject to Traffic prioritisation
  • The speeds shown here don't represent your overall line speed
  • Demos, games downloads and system updates from services such as PlayStation Network and Xbox LIVE fall under the Download Servers category rather than Gaming
  • Applications not using their standard ports may be classed incorrectly
  • Line Speed depends on the type of broadband you have
    • Fixed speed: up to 2Mb/s
    • Max DSL/Max Premium: up to 6Mb/s
    • ADSL2+: up to 16Mb/s (All residential products)
    • ADSL2+: up to 17Mb/s (All business products)
    • Fibre: up to 38Mb/s (Plusnet Value, Plusnet Essentials)
    • Fibre: up to 76Mb/s (Plusnet Extra, Plusnet Unlimited, Business Fibre, Unlimited Business Fibre)

Download sites and servers

Connections to the sites and servers listed below may see reduced speeds when our network is busy. The list not exhaustive, and access to other websites that have content hosted by one of the large Content Distribution Networks may also be slowed when the network is busy.


  • Adult bouncer
  • Bangbros Online
  • Rapidshare
  • ImageShack
  • Megaupload
  • TerraSpace


  • German Mirror site
  • Ireland Mirror site
  • Kent Mirror site

Content Distribution Networks (CDN)

  • Akamai
  • Limelight Networks
  • Level 3

Many downloads from Apple, Microsoft, PlayStation Network, Xbox LIVE and multimedia content from sites such as the BBC, eBay and Facebook are hosted on one of the above Content Distribution Networks. Depending on your account type, downloads from these sources may be slowed during busy times.

Downloads using download accelerators are also managed.

This page last updated 29th May 2013

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