Uswitch.com survey reveals UK’s slowest broadband streets

Halesworth's Mount Pleasant? Mount-not-so-Pleasant if you're surfing the net
Darren Allan

September 20, 2011
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We’re used to surveys which comment on the slowest broadband towns and villages around the country, but have you ever wondered where the slowest street in the UK is?

Well now you can wonder no longer, because a Uswitch.com study has pinpointed these not-spots, using data drawn from some 1.5 million speed tests conducted on its website between March and August of this year.

So what’s the slowest street in the entire UK when it comes to the humble internet connection? It’s Mount Pleasant in Halesworth, Suffolk.

Houses on this stretch can expect a nice view (we’d hazard a guess), but only a 0.128Mbps connection on average, or to put in another way, 128K. Which is only just over ten times faster than stone age dial-up managed.

Uswitch.com points out that residents here would have to wait around two solid days, 48 hours, to download an online movie (that’s a high definition movie by our calculations, mind).

The second worst street was Forestfield in Horsham, West Sussex on 0.134Mbps, followed by Inchkeith Drive, Dunfermline, Fife, and then Faraday Avenue, Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire, both of which were also under the 0.2Mbps mark.

Oddly, the south of England performed pretty badly when it came to duff streets, with West Sussex and Hampshire accounting for a quarter of the slowest 20 streets.

On a brighter note, the organisation revealed that the fastest place for broadband was Leamington Spa, which almost touched an average of 19Mbps.

Ernest Doku, ‘technology expert’ at uSwitch.com, commented: “While many areas of the country are already benefiting from the considerable investment into super-fast fibre optic networks, our research highlights the plight of households at the other end of the spectrum, struggling with download speeds so poor that in some cases it can hardly be considered a broadband service at all.”

“What is particularly interesting is that many of the streets that feature in the list aren’t in the far-flung countryside, but rather in more urban areas, nearer to exchanges and where we would expect to see higher download speeds across the board.”






 

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