Outer Hebrides 'has UK's worst broadband' header image

Published: 15th Feb 2016

The Outer Hebrides is home to the slowest broadband in the UK.

This is according to the Telegraph, which has used Ofcom data to produce a map of connection speeds across the country. 

It revealed the constituency of Na h-Eileanan an Iar has the slowest broadband, with an average download speed of just 5.6 Mbps. 

Scotland dominates when it comes to poor quality connections, with Argyll and Bute (8.5 Mbps), Carmarthen East and Dinefwr (8.8 Mbps), Ross Skye and Lochaber (10.6 Mbps), and Orkney and Shetland (10.9 Mbps) all among the top ten areas for slow speeds.

At the other end of the scale, Grimsby was found to be home to the UK's fastest broadband. The average download speed in the Lincolnshire town comes in at 46.8 Mbps, ahead of Gillingham and Rainham (45.9 Mbps) in second. 

West Dunbartonshire (45.7 Mbps) and Lincoln (44.4 Mbps) are also among the best areas in the country for broadband.

Unsurprisingly, the majority of areas with fast broadband (30 Mbps or more) tend to be concentrated around major urban centres. Meanwhile, connectivity is poorest in remote, rural areas. 

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