UK's slowest and fastest streets for broadband revealed

According to new research for 2020, the slowest street in the UK for broadband is 5,330 times slower than the fastest street in the country.

Queens Road in Weybridge, Surrey, took the cake for the slowest connection, with an average download speed of 0.12 Mbps.

Meanwhile, Dale Lane in Appleton, Cheshire, was voted fastest, with an average speed of 639.67 Mbps.

This would mean that the hapless residents of Queens Road would have to wait about 119 hours to download a two-hour high-definition movie, while the happy residents of Dale Lane could expect it in about a minute and 20 seconds.

Uswitch.com conducted the survey based on approximately 398,973 “real” speed tests conducted by broadband users over the past year.

The comparison site fears the digital divide could deepen as the fastest street was only 830 times faster than the slowest in the 2019 analysis.

“The digital divide running through Britain has grown dramatically over the past year, with the fastest street’s broadband more than 5,000 times faster than the slowest,” said Ernest Doku, broadband expert at Uswitch.com.

“It’s interesting to see that the North claims the fastest street this year, while the slowest street is in the Southeast, which shows that the speed of your connection has nothing to do with where you live.

“It’s great that more of us are taking advantage of ultra-fast broadband, but we don’t want large parts of the country to be left behind on shoddy connections unsuitable for modern life.”

However, the findings suggest that the number of broadband users with higher speeds is on the rise: more than half (54%) can receive speeds in excess of 30 Mbps, compared to less than a quarter (22%) five years ago.

There is also concern that people will not be able to control their ability to reach faster speeds, with research showing that seven of the ten slowest streets have access to faster service.

“With millions of us working from home and watching more streaming TV right now, a good broadband connection is more important than ever,” Doku continued.

“One of the biggest obstacles holding back people from getting faster download speeds is the lack of awareness about superfast and ultrafast broadband.

“For example, some people on the UK’s fastest street, Dale Lane, enjoy speeds above 900 Mbps, while others only reach 5.5 Mbps.

“And of the ten slowest streets, seven could have access to faster broadband, so we urge residents there – and anyone unhappy with their broadband speed – to quickly check online what speeds they could be reaching.”

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