Does your street have the UK’s slowest broadband?
Average download speeds on the street are just 0.14Mbps, 1,899 times slower than the UK’s fastest street, Abdon Avenue in Birmingham, where average speeds have reached 265.89Mbps over the past year.
In Greenmeadows Park it would take more than 102 hours to download a two-hour HD film on Netflix and at least 38 hours to download a 45-minute HD TV show. By contrast, on Abdon Avenue it would take less than four minutes to download the same film and just 72 seconds to download the same TV show.
The research was based on more than 279,186 ‘real world’ speed tests run by broadband users over the last year.
According to the findings, a quarter of households struggle with speeds of less than 10Mbps, while one in eight crawl along at less than 5Mbps.
However, the number of broadband users enjoying faster speeds is growing with 31% getting speeds of 30+ Mbps, up from 22% three years ago.
When it comes to broadband speeds, it’s still very much a postcode lottery. Areas such as South Yorkshire and Cambridge experience some of the fastest – and some of the slowest – broadband, with it being a happy coincidence if you are on one of the streets with a quick service.
Superfast broadband is available on more than a third (35%) of the UK’s slowest streets, but a lack of awareness that a better service is accessible results in many being resigned to poor download speeds, uswitch said.
“The industry should be doing more to help consumers understand what sort of broadband they can get at home. And for those who can’t yet obtain faster speeds – which the industry is directly aiming to address with the rollout of full-fibre – improvements really can’t come soon enough,” said Dani Warner, broadband expert at uSwitch.
Slowest streets for broadband in the UK
|Rank||Street Name and Location||Average download speed (mbps)||Have access to Superfast Broadband?|
|1||Greenmeadows Park, Bamfurlong, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire||0.143||No|
|2||Poplar Avenue, Oldham, Greater Manchester||0.221||Yes|
|3||Chesham Road, Wilmslow, Cheshire||0.249||Yes|
|4||Cynghordy, Llandovery, Ceredigion||0.267||No|
|5||St David’s Close, Worksop, Nottinghamshire||0.290||No|
|6||Broomhall, Worcester, Worcestershire||0.291||Yes|
|7||Milton Road, Cowplain, Waterlooville, Hampshire||0.338||Yes|
|8||Shaw Lane, Doncaster, South Yorkshire||0.352||No|
|9||Cross Lane, Bebington, Wirral, Merseyside||0.354||No|
|10||Pennant, Llanbrynmair, Powys||0.388||No|
|11||St Margaret’s Grove, Redcar, Teesside||0.409||Yes|
|12||Meggitt Lane, Winteringham, Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire||0.423||No|
|13||Field Lane, Strubby, Alford, Lincolnshire||0.432||No|
|14||Ha of Gills, Canisbay, Wick, Caithness||0.439||No|
|15||The Willows, Acaster Malbis, York, North Yorkshire||0.463||No|
|16||Quarterland Road, Killinchy, Newtownards, County Down||0.465||No|
|17||Halkburn Road, Galashiels, Selkirkshire||0.466||No|
|18||May Tree Lane, Waterthorpe, Sheffield, South Yorkshire||0.467||Yes|
|19||Turnpike Road, Connor Downs, Sheffield, South Yorkshire||0.483||No|
|20||Southacre Drive, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire||0.484||Yes|