Slowest UK streets for broadband revealed
A street in Kent has been named slowest for broadband in the UK, new research has revealed.
Williamson Road in Romney Marsh recorded an average speed of just 0.54Mbps. That was a whopping 135 times slower than the quickest average of 72.86Mbps that was found in Sandy Lane, Staffordshire - and 42 times slower than UK's average speed of 22.8Mbps.
The findings based on 1 million consumer tests carried out online over a six-month period also revealed that Great Fen Road, in Soham, Cambridgeshire, was the second slowest street for broadband with an average speed of 0.547 Mbps. Styles Close, in Luton, Bedfordshire, was third with 0.800 Mbps.
At 0.54Mbps it would take those living in Williamson Road 19 hours to download a two-hour film, two and half hours for a 45-minute high-definition TV show and 49 minutes for a 20-song album.
Ewan Taylor-Gibson, broadband expert at uSwitch.com, said: "On the UK's slowest street broadband speeds are so sluggish you could fly to the Bahamas and back again in the time it takes to download a film."
More than a third of Brits (34%) still struggle with speeds below 5Mbps, while nearly a quarter (23%) have to put up with speeds of less than 3Mbps, according to the research from price comparison website uSwitch.com.
Meanwhile, the quickest street for broadband in the UK was Sandy Lane in Hatherton, Staffordshire with an average speed of 72.86 Mbps. Stockfield Road in Yardley in the West Midlands was second-fastest at 71.37 Mbps and Aigburth Drive in Liverpool was third at 71.20 Mbps.
The number of Brits enjoying superfast broadband has increased in the past 12 months, with a fifth of people (22%) now getting average speeds of more than 30Mbps - up from 15% in 2014.
However, Taylor-Gibson said: "Superfast broadband is now available to more than three quarters of the UK, but nearly a third (31%) don't realise they can get it. We looked at which of the 30 slowest streets had superfast availability and, interestingly, 37% of them do, but residents have obviously chosen not to take up superfast services."
As Kent County Council pointed out to Moneywise, Williamson Road has been enabled with superfast broadband as part of a major project by the council to improve broadband across the county and residents now have access to superfast speeds. Yet the uSwitch data shows that many are either not choosing to take up fast services, or are not aware that they even have access to them.
Taylor-Gibson said: "More needs to be done to increase awareness of fibre availability and its benefits. Superfast broadband isn't as expensive as some users might think, with prices averaging an extra £9 a month on top of standard broadband costs."
A spokesperson from Kent County Council added: "The residents of Williamson Road have access to superfast speeds and simply need to follow the ordering process for a Call Flow [the company involved with the rollout of superfast broadband] area by logging on to Call Flow’s website at callflowsolutions.com, or via the links on KCC’s website at kent.gov.uk."
- Williamson Road, Lydd-on-Sea, Romney Marsh, Kent 0.535 Mbps
- Great Fen Road, Soham, Ely, Cambridgeshire 0.547 Mbps
- Styles Close, Luton, Bedfordshire 0.800 Mbps
- Mardu Lane, Clun, Craven Arms, Shropshire 0.884 Mbps
- Weston Beggard Lane, Weston Beggard, Hereford, Herefordshire 0.914 Mbps
- Sandy Lane, Hatherton, Cannock, Staffordshire 72.86 Mbps
- Stockfield Road, Yardley, Birmingham, West Midlands 71.37 Mbps
- Aigburth Drive, Liverpool, Merseyside 71.20 Mbps
- Southhouse Broadway, Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh 68.53 Mbps
- Winchcombe Close, Swindon, Wiltshire 68.41 Mbps