Britain’s worst broadband areas take 15 hours to download a film

slow broadband speedMassive variations in broadband speeds across Britain mean the time taken to download a film can take up to 15 hours in some areas and just nine minutes in others, a report has revealed.

Slow broadband is still largely the scourge of the British countryside, but data from independent comparison website uSwitch.com shows even some urban parts of the UK are suffering from slow connection speeds, despite being just a short distance from areas with much higher speeds.

Overall, the report claims that 40 per cent of all Britons experience speeds of under 5Mbps, at which it takes 13 minutes to download just one episode of a TV show.

The UK’s slowest streets for broadband are Wheatley Road in Corringham, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex, and Erw Fawr in Henryd, Conwy, Wales, with an average speed of 0.60Mbps – just one-thirtieth of the UK average of 17.8Mbps, according to official figures from communications regulator Ofcom.

Those living on Britain’s two slowest streets for broadband must wait an average 15.2 hours to download an HD-quality film, uSwitch said. In Loundes Road in Unstone, Dronfield, Derbyshire, however, residents could be enjoying the same title in high-definition in just nine minutes.


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