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Published: 25th Apr 2014

A new study has found the UK streets with the slowest average broadband service.

uSwitch has revealed Erw Fawr in Henryd, Conwy, Wales and Wheatley Road at Corringham, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex share the title for slowest street with a typical connection speed of just 0.60 Mbps. 

To put this into perspective, Ofcom recently reported the UK average broadband speed is 17.8 Mbps.

Streets in Boston, North Shields and Bridgnorth, Shropshire completed the top five, all having an average connection below 0.95 Mbps. Of the top ten slowest streets, only one managed to exceed 1.0 Mbps. Essex is the worst performing county, with six streets appearing in the top 50 slowest list.

uSwitch said only 15 per cent of people in the UK are using speeds that can be classified as super-fast using the European Union's 30 Mbps benchmark.

Marie-Louise Abretti, broadband expert at uSwitch, stated: "There are still areas in the UK which experience broadband speeds so slow the service is negligible."

"Broadband is now widely considered the fourth utility, but our speed test data shows that not everyone is getting a decent service," she added.

Ms Abretti said the effects of slow broadband include damaging local businesses, reducing house prices and harming education. 

"It’s crucial the government keeps its eye on the ball when it comes to improving UK broadband infrastructure, particularly in remote rural areas," she stated.

uSwitch also revealed the fastest broadband street in the country is Loundes Road in Unstone, Dronfield, Derbyshire, with an average connection speed of 57.58 Mbps. Camel Road in London was the only street in the capital to make the top ten - the typical speed here is 34.62 Mbps. 

The organisation's research showed considerable variation within towns and cities. For example, Walsall in the West Midlands has one street ranked as the 14th slowest in the country, while another was listed as the seventh fastest.

Large cities like London, Manchester and Liverpool all had streets listed in the top 50 slowest chart.