The worst streets for broadband in the UK have been found and the broadband speeds that they offer would make many people decide to watch a film rather than use the internet, providing they don’t need to download the film that is because it would take around 15 hours to download one!
Wheatley Road in Corringham, Essex, and Erw Fawr in Henryd, North Wales are the 2 streets that have taken the dubious “honour” of having the slowest broadband speeds in the UK at just 0.6Mb/sec.
Their speeds are a staggering 30 times slower than the national average broadband speed for the UK of 17.8Mb.
uSwitch.com have studied broadband speeds across the country to compile their list of 50 slowest streets for broadband with the research being based on 1.8 million broadband speeds test being run over a 6 month period.
One potential surprise is that Essex, despite being so close to London, has 6 streets in the slowest 50 list, more than any other county in the UK.
At the other end of the scale the study found that Loundes Road, Unstone, Dronfield, Derbyshire, topped the list as the fastest street averaging a download speed of 57.58Mb a huge 96 times faster than those with the slowest broadband.
Not looking at the extremes, uSwitch also found that 40% of households have broadband speeds lower than 5Mb and just 15% were in the “superfast” lane with 30Mb or above. For reference, a 5Mb connection would mean it would take 13 minutes to download one episode of a TV show.
The uSwitch broadband expert, Marie-Louise Abretti, said:
There are still areas in the UK which experience broadband speeds so slow the service is negligible. At the same time, superfast broadband connections are becoming more widely available but – as our research suggests – these are clearly not being utilised.
As has previously been reported, broadband speeds can affect the price of houses, so those stuck in the very slow lane could find that their properties are far less desirable and harder to sell until things change and improved broadband connections are made available.