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March 10, 2009

Ofcom to produce ISP league table

by David Allen

The broadband watchdog Ofcom is planning to produce a league table of the UK’s internet service providers.

This will allow consumers to see which ISPs offer the fastest and the slowest broadband connections.

This is the second part of a review which focussed on finding the average broadband connection speed for the UK, which turned out to be around half of that advertised by the industry.

Ofcom has asked SamKnows Broadband to place special routers, that can measure connection speeds, in two and half thousand homes.

This data will then be used to create the league table.

However it is understood that at least one of the big six ISPs is nervous enough about the league table to have questioned the way that the data is collected and the number of households involved in the study.

Ofcom will be releasing the league table sometime in April.

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  1. This may be dangerous if published incorrectly. By publishing an average national speed per isp, those servicing only urban areas will benefit. It should be calculated using a formula involving population density per exchange or be published only on a per exchange basis.

    Comment by Rob Levy — March 10, 2009 @ 11:45 am

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