Broomhall among slowest for broadband
Broadband goes at snail’s pace in Broomhall, which has been ranked the sixth slowest area of the UK in consumer speed tests collected by price comparison and switching service uSwitch.com.
Despite having access to Superfast Broadband, the average download speed in Broomhall was 0.291Mbps (Megabits per second), compared with the country’s fastest, 265.891Mbps in Birmingham’s Abdon Avenue.
Greenmeadows Park in Bamfurlong, Gloucestershire topped the go-slow league, with an average of 0.14Mbps – 1,899 times slower than Abdon Avenue.
The starkness of the contrasting speeds meant that 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 television programme in Greenmeadows Park, while it would take fewer than four minutes to download the same film and 72 seconds for the TV show in Abdon Avenue.
The research, based on more than 279,186 “real world” speed tests run by broadband users over the past year, showed a quarter (26.3 per cent) struggled with speeds of less than 10Mbps, while one in eight (13.3 per cent) crawled along at less than 5Mbps.
The number of broadband users enjoying faster speeds, however, was growing. Nearly a third of users (31 per cent) now got speeds of 30+ Mbps, up from less than a quarter (22 per cent) three years ago.
Despite the fact that the availability of superfast broadband services had increased to 95 per cent as of May 2018, a recent uSwitch survey found that only just over half (56 per cent) of Brits believed they could access it in their local area.
Dani Warner, broadband expert at uSwitch.com, said: “This research lays bare the extent of the UK’s digital divide.
“Streets that are relatively close geographically can be light years apart when it comes to the download speeds they are getting.
“It’s almost comical that it would take someone in Bamfurlong more than 100 hours to download a two-hour HD film, such as Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, yet someone living just an hour’s drive away on Abdon Avenue in Birmingham can download the same film in just over four minutes.
“Over a third of the slowest streets have access to superfast speeds.
“If your current broadband doesn’t stack up to what other providers can give you, it might be worth thinking about switching. Just make sure you are outside your initial contract period as you may be stung with a hefty termination fee However, if your speeds are significantly slower than what you were promised when you signed up, you could even be eligible to leave for free.”
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