Published: 22nd Jun 2016
A new report reveals that the worst broadband speeds in the UK can be found on a street in Kent.
Residents of the Weald, the area in south-east England that is sandwiched between the parallel chalk escarpments of the North and the South Downs, may be surprised to learn that the street in question is Williamson Road in Romney Marsh near Hythe.
According to the Courier, the lane is only able to access average download speeds of 0.54 Mbps, meaning it has the slowest broadband in the UK. This figure comes from the latest consumer speed test data from uSwitch.com.
The connectivity available to residents of Williamson Road is a massive 135 times slower than those accessible to those living on Sandy Lane in Cannock, Staffordshire, where average speeds reached 72.86 Mbps during the last six months, meaning it has the fastest broadband in Britain.
In addition, the typical speeds found on Williamson Road were also 42 times slower than the UK's average of 22.8 Mbps.
The snail-paced broadband means it would take 19 hours to download a two-hour HD film, 2.5 hours for a 45-minute HD TV show and 49 minutes for a 20-song album. Over on Sandy Lane it would take just eight minutes to download the film, one minute for the show and 22 seconds for the album.
According to the research from uSwitch.com, more than a third (34 per cent) of Brits have to put up with substandard broadband speeds as low as 5 Mbps, while almost a quarter (23 per cent) have to endure sluggish speeds of 3 Mbps.
The data also reveals a divide between the service available in the south compared to the north, with the latter lagging behind. The north offers twice as many speedy streets compared to the south.
Ewan Taylor-Gibson, broadband expert at uSwitch.com, said: "On the UK’s slowest street broadband speeds are so sluggish you could fly to the Bahamas and back again in the time it takes to download a film.
"Terrible speeds can isolate people and take their toll on businesses, schools, even house prices. A nationwide rollout of fibre broadband to the furthest and most remote corners of the UK has never been more urgent.”
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