Where are the UK's broadband black spots? header image

Published: 22nd Jun 2016

The main advantage of satellite broadband is that it ensures everyone is equal. No matter where you are in the country you will receive the same level of connectivity. Sadly, the broadband situation in the UK is not equal and people in many parts of the nation have to get by with internet services that are slow and unreliable. We take a look at some of these locations below.

There are few parts of England more picturesque than Cumbria. With its beautiful lakes and towering mountains it is a fantastic place to live. However, fantastic is not a word that could be used to describe the region's broadband, with the quality of connections well below those in more built-up parts of the country.

Currently, there is controversy surrounding the rollout of super-fast broadband in the area, with a lack of information about when and where the project will take place.

Another region where broadband lags behind is Scotland. While parts of Glasgow and Edinburgh are well served when it comes to web access, the nation's more remote regions struggle just for basic connectivity. 

Take Shetland for example. Broadband outages are commonplace on the island, while the situation is similar across the Highlands and Islands region. 

Wales is famous for its mountains and valleys and while these are great to look at, they represent something of a problem when it comes to broadband. Figures from Ofcom show the average connection speed in the nation is 13.2 Mbps, compared to 17.6 Mbps for the UK as a whole. 

However, when Wales' urban areas are taken out of the equation this figure drops to just six Mbps. Furthermore, only 48 per cent of homes in the country currently have the potential to receive a super-fast connection, compared to 73 per cent for the UK overall.

East Anglia 
East Anglia is a predominantly rural region and it too suffers with slow and unreliable broadband services. Earlier this month, MP for Bury St Edmunds David Ruffley said residents of Suffolk have been "blighted" by poor quality internet access, while local businesses are being "crippled" by the lack of connectivity.

The situation is not much better in Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and parts of Essex.

West Country
The West Country is famed for its rolling hills and beautiful countryside, but as with other rural areas the broadband situation is also difficult here. Connecting Devon and Somerset - the programme to bring super-fast internet to these two regions - has proved controversial in much the same way as the Cumbria project, with concerns being raised about when and where the upgrade will take place. 

Meanwhile, many rural communities in Cornwall, Dorset, Wiltshire and Somerset are also struggling will slow and unreliable connections.

The regions above are just some of the areas where broadband services tend to be of a poor quality. This problem is common across most rural locations in the country and even in some large towns and cities. Click here to find out how you can improve your own level of connectivity.