Revealed: The UK’s 10 Worst Streets for Broadband With Speeds Over 5,000 Times Slower
Saturday, 12th December 2020
Sure, your internet may buffer every now and again… it may even cut out once in a while… but count yourself lucky that you’re not a resident on one of the following streets.
According to uSwitch’s recent report, the UK’s average download speed is 71.8Mbps (megabits per second). Speeds like this would allow you to download a full film in around 1 minute 29 seconds or an entire album in just 11 seconds.
However, residents of Queens Road in Weybridge, Surrey, aren’t so lucky! They are (somehow!) managing to get by with average speeds of just 0.12Mbps.
A connection this poor would take you 119 hours to download a HD film and at least 44 hours to download a TV show! Even sending a simple email must be an arduous task!
Check out the full list of streets below, where internet connections could be up to 5,000 times slower than the UK’s fastest!
The 10 slowest streets in the UK for broadband
1. Queens Road, Weybridge, Surrey, with speeds of 0.12Mbps
2. Hatchett Road, Feltham, Hounslow, London, with speeds of 0.38Mbps
3. Monkton, Honiton, Exeter, with speeds of 0.45Mbps
4. Church Street, Great Maplestead, Essex, with speeds of 0.47Mbps
5. Limmer Close, Wokingham, Berkshire, with speeds of 0.48Mbps
6. Waterley Bottom, North Nibley, Gloucestershire, with speeds of 0.49Mbps
7. Spencer Road, Caterham, Surrey, with speeds of 0.55Mbps
8. Ringhaddy Road, Killinchy, Northern Ireland, with speeds of 0.62Mbps
9. Fishtoft Drove, Frithville, Boston, Lincolnshire, with speeds of 0.66Mbps
10. Sopwith Crescent, Wimborne, Dorest, with speeds of 0.67Mbps
Internet is slower today than in 2019
This year more than ever, we have realised how reliant we are on the internet. It’s enabled so many of us to continue working from home through the COVID pandemic and it has become our first source of entertainment during lockdown 1 and 2.
Therefore, it’s shocking to hear that the internet speeds recorded on Britain’s slowest street in 2020 are even slower than the previous year’s title holder. In 2019, Kingsclere, Huntington in York, was given the shameful title of slowest street with average speeds of just 0.22Mbps.
The digital divide is growing
The rollout of full-fibre or FTTP (fibre to the premises), which delivers the fastest internet speeds available, seems to have only strengthened the digital divide. Full fibre uses fibre optic cables all the way to your property to transmit data, boasting speeds up to 1 gigabit per second. However, this service comes at a much higher price than ADSL broadband.
Ernest Doku, broadband expert at Uswitch.com, says: “The digital divide that runs through Britain has grown dramatically in the last year, with the fastest street’s broadband more than 5,000 times quicker than the slowest’s.”
“It’s great that more of us are enjoying ultrafast broadband, but we don’t want to see large swathes of the country left behind on shoddy connections that aren’t suitable for modern life.”
Ernest went on to say, “With millions of us working from home and watching more streaming TV at the moment, a good broadband connection is more important than ever.”
“One of the biggest obstacles stopping people from getting faster downloads speeds is the lack of awareness regarding superfast and ultrafast broadband.”
“Of the ten slowest streets, seven could have access to faster broadband, so we urge residents there — and anyone else unhappy with their broadband speeds — to do a quick check online to see what speeds they could be getting.”
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