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Broadband speeds in Essex and Wales are 30 times slower than UK average

Data shows government still has much to do to improve broadband speeds
Thu Apr 24 2014, 12:07

SOME UNLUCKY UK residents are putting up with broadband speeds as low as 0.6Mbps despite huge investment from the government to boost internet connections, with those in Essex and Wales suffering the most.

There are two streets in the UK that have this very low speed: Wheatley Road in Corringham, Essex, and Erw Fawr in Henryd, Conwy, Wales. The speeds in those two streets are 30 times slower than Ofcom's average broadband speed of 17.8Mbps.

The ten slowest locations are listed below:

1. Erw Fawr, Henryd, Conwy, Wales - 0.60Mbps
2. Wheatley Road, Corringham, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex - 0.60Mbps
3. Station Road, Swineshead, Boston, Lincolnshire - 0.65Mbps
4. Kelvin Grove, North Shields, Tyne and Wear - 0.74Mbps
5. Maple Crescent, Alveley, Bridgnorth, Shropshire - 0.91Mbps
6. Evesham Road, Norton, Evesham, Worcestershire - 0.92Mbps
7. Meadow View, Castle Carrock, Brampton, Cumbria - 0.94 Mbps
8. Canal Street, Oakthorpe, Swadlincote, Leicestershire - 0.96Mbps
9. Pickleys Lane, Doveridge, Ashbourne, Derbyshire - 0.99Mbps
10. Dereham Road (nr Chancel Lane), Garvestone, Norwich, Norfolk - 1.03Mbps

The highest speed of 57.58Mbps can be found in Loundes Road in Unstone, Dronfield, Derbyshire, which is 96 times faster than Wheatley Road and Erw Fawr.

The data was based on 1,896,977 speed tests during a six month period between August 2013 and January 2014, using uSwitch's speed testing tool. At least 30 unique IP address test were needed in order for a street to be included in the data.

The firm said that internet users in the slowest places should expect to wait for as long as 15 hours to download an average sized movie. By comparison, the Loundes Road residents wait just nine minutes.

Broadband expert at uSwitch 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."

When The INQUIRER reported on the average figure of 17.8Mbps and Ofcom's other estimates, a number of readers said that they do not get speeds anywhere near that.

One baulked at the suggestion of rural speeds of 11.3Mbps, saying that 1-3Mbps is closer to the truth, while another said that even with 6Mbps they are far below the supposed rural average. µ


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