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Welsh internet users wring hands over slow speeds

Broadband would be welcome in the valleys
Mon Apr 28 2014, 10:19
superfast broadband is not available to all

WEB USERS IN WALES have reacted to news that they have some of the slowest internet speeds in the UK by complaining about it.

We reported about slow speeds in Wales and elsewhere last week. Then, thanks to Uswitch, we learned that Erw Fawr of Henryd, Conwy in Wales has a lowly connection speed of 0.60Mbps, which is some 30 times below the national average.

The BBC found a number of Welsh internet users and spoke with them. To a man they said they are not happy.

"They say the broadband speed around here begins with a minus sign. It is absolutely ridiculous. You read about all these places getting this high speed broadband, all we want is a decent speed - that's all we want," one Erw Fawr resident told the BBC.

"If we really are the slowest, surely someone out there is going to say 'let's do something about it'. It can't be that hard in this day and age - surely."

The South Wales Argus found an architect who has such a poor internet connection that it really isn't worth bothering having the internet at all. Frustratingly for him, he runs a business through it. "It got absolutely ridiculous at one point, when we could barely get on the internet," he said. "There was no point having it."

Wales defended itself though, and told the BBC that every road is marked with a broadband tick. "The good news is that Erw Fawr in Henryd, Conwy is included in our rollout plans to receive fast fibre broadband under the Superfast Cymru programme."

In Essex, which was also shamed in the Uswitch survey, moves are also afoot to improve things. We reported that Wheatley Road in Corringham, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex also endures a 0.60Mbps connection speed.

Essex County Council was quick to respond to the report and told The INQUIRER that many of the streets named by Uswitch were already lined up for an upgrade.

"Five of the six streets identified by Uswitch as receiving the slowest speeds in Essex are already programmed to receive fibre either as part of the BT commercial rollout or the Superfast Essex programme. South Hanningfield Road, in Chelmsford, is not currently included in the programme of work because our information from BT states that homes in this area are already receiving speeds of at least 2Mbps," it said in a statement.

"We want to ensure that a minimum of 2Mbps download speed is available across Essex." µ


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