A third of UK has slow broadband

National average is 6.7Mbps says Uswitch.com, less than Ofcom's 7.6Mbps estimate
Darren Allan

February 24, 2012

With all the talk of progressing super-fast fibre roll outs from BT and Virgin, along with rising average broadband speeds, you’d be forgiven for thinking Britain’s broadband garden is looking rosier by the minute.

Indeed Ofcom figures from the start of this month showed that the UK’s average broadband speed is now 7.6Mbps, up 22% year-on-year.

However, while super-fast 100Mbps plus connections are undoubtedly upping the average, the gap between the haves and have-nots is widening, a piece of Uswitch.com research reminds us.

Released yesterday, the Uswitch.com data shows that a third of UK postcodes still suffer from relatively slow broadband, that is connections which are less than 5Mbps. 23% have connections which are less than 4Mbps.

Uswitch.com reckons the UK average is slightly less than Ofcom at 6.7Mbps.

The real downer, however, is for the most remote 10% of Britain which have average broadband speeds of less than 3Mbps, and in some cases as low a 1Mbps.

The slowest postcode in the UK is TN36, the village of Winchelsea (in East Sussex) which has an average speed of 1.11Mbps.

The slowest city is Hereford with an average of 3.2Mbps. Kilmarnock, Dumfries and Carlisle are the other major towns/cities which failed to rise above the 4Mbps mark.

Uswitch.com’s data is based on 1.7 million speed tests carried out over the last six months.

Julia Stent, Director of Telecoms at Uswitch.com, commented: “Britain might be riding the wave of a super-fast broadband revolution, but for the 49% who get less than the national average broadband speed, the wave isn’t causing so much a splash as a ripple.”

“And what’s really surprising is the number of cities and towns such as Hereford and Carlisle that are suffering from slow broadband speeds, dispelling the view that it’s just rural areas and small towns that have issues with their broadband.”


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