Streets in Lincoln and Boston have among the fastest and slowest broadband speeds in the UK, a new survey has revealed.
The uSwitch survey found Station Road in Swineshead near Boston has average download speeds of 0.65Mbps, ranking the third slowest in the UK.
Mill Lane (near Malvern Close) in North Hykeham in Lincoln was among the streets with the fastest broadband, averaging 38.88Mbps, ranked fifth in the UK.
The fastest average speeds were recorded by the survey in Dronfield, Derbyshire, with 57.58Mbps, followed by Swindon in Wiltshire with 50.60Mbps, and Ripley in Derbyshire with 44.67Mbps.
In the slowest category, Conwy in Wales ranked top with 0.60Mbps speeds, matched by Stanford-le-Hope in Essex – 30 times slower than the UK average speed of 17.8Mbps.
The fastest connection among the slowest rankings was in Dudley, West Midlands, with 2.04Mbps. Roads in Essex feature six times in the list of the UK’s 50 slowest streets – more than any other county.
According to the research, which is based on almost two million speed tests run by broadband users over a six-month period, only 15% of Brits are enjoying broadband of 30Mbps or higher – the speed classified by the EU as ‘superfast’.
Marie-Louise Abretti, broadband expert at uSwitch.com, 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.
“More needs to be done to increase awareness of availability and cost. Superfast broadband isn’t as expensive as some users might think, with prices starting at £16 per month plus £15 for line rental. So, for households in the slow lane, superfast broadband could be well worth considering.
“Broadband is now widely considered the fourth utility, but our speed test data shows that not everyone is getting a decent service.
“Poor connectivity can severely affect local businesses, impact house prices and children’s education, which is why it’s crucial the government keeps its eye on the ball when it comes to improving UK broadband infrastructure, particularly in remote rural areas.
“Anyone frustrated with their broadband service should test their speeds regularly online and compare their results to other local users with different providers. If the tests reveal that another provider is offering better speeds, consider switching.”
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