Uswitch highlights UK broadband gulf

The gap between the broadband haves and have-nots increases
Darren Allan

November 8, 2012

The fastest street in the UK has a net connection over 500 times quicker than the slowest, according to the latest piece of research from

The street of Willowfield in Telford has the quickest average speed over the past six months, registering a blistering 70.9Mbps when it comes to downloads. At the other end of the scale is Cromarty Road in Stamford, which managed a pitiful 0.132Mbps.

As Uswitch points out, that means Cromarty Road residents would take 25 hours to download a 2 hour movie, whereas those who enjoy the broadband high-life in Willowfield would have the same film on their computer in less than 3 minutes.

Stamford is in Lincolnshire, and in fact three streets in Lincolnshire are listed in the top 10 slowest broadband roads in the UK.

Julia Stent,’s broadband guru, commented: “The massive discrepancy between the fastest and slowest streets in Britain shows what the Government is up against in its fight to drag Britain into the broadband fast-lane.”

“Rural parts of Britain in particular are still experiencing broadband speeds so slow that they might as well have no broadband at all.”

“But worryingly, the Government’s super-fast broadband rollout is heavily geared towards urban areas, which will only widen the rural-urban broadband gap. It’s concerning that the main aim isn’t providing a decent broadband service to those areas still lacking basic broadband infrastructure and bringing acceptable average speeds to those in rural areas who have been forever languishing in the slow lane.”

The final third, as those remote areas are called, is last on BT’s fibre to-do list – but interestingly Uswitch notes that some of these slowest streets aren’t in particularly remote areas, but small towns.

Indeed, the best hope for some folks might be EE’s 4G LTE roll out, and rural communities could have fast mobile surfing speeds before fixed lines – as EE is promising a pretty rapid roll-out of its 4G service (with 98 per cent of the UK going to be covered by the end of 2014).


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