Price comparison and switching website uSwitch.com has named the slowest and fastest broadband streets in the UK.
With average download speeds of just 0.6mbps, Wheatley Road in Corringham, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex and Erw Fawr in Henryd, Conwy, North Wales, have the slowest broadband in Britain, said uSwitch.
The pair's download speeds are 30 times slower than the UK average speed of 17.8mbps - according to the latest consumer speed test data collected by uSwitch.
Roads in Essex feature six times in the list of the UK’s 50 slowest streets – more than any other county. Princes Avenue in Maylandsea, Chelmsford is the slowest Essex street after Wheatley Road. With an average speed of 1.15mbps, it would take 23 minutes just to download one music album there, said uSwitch.
According to the research, which is based on almost two million speed tests run by broadband users over a six-month period, only 15 percent of Brits are enjoying broadband of 30mbps or higher – the speed classified by the EU as "superfast".
Because uSwitch.com broadband data is based on consumer speed tests, this suggests uptake of superfast connections is low. Figures from communications regulator Ofcom show that superfast broadband is now available to almost three quarters (73 percent) of the UK population, yet only nine percent of the population is using it.
Residents of Loundes Road in Unstone, Dronfield, Derbyshire are enjoying the fastest download speeds in the country - of 57.58mbps. This means homeowners there are receiving average speeds 96 times faster than Erw Fawr and Wheatley Road.
Those living on Britain’s two slowest streets for broadband must wait an average 15.2 hours to download an HD-quality film but, in Loundes Road, residents could be enjoying their favourite movie in high-definition in just nine minutes, uSwitch said.
The streets of London feature in both the slowest and fastest lists. The fastest broadband measured in the capital was to be found in Camel Road in E16, just a stone’s throw from London’s City airport - this was measured at (34.62mbps). The slowest street was Grange Gardens in Hampstead (NW3), where the average download speed was just 1.19mbps.
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."
Find your next job with computerworld UK jobs