If your Wi-Fi speeds are painfully slow, it’s worth checking to see if your street is on the list of those with Britain’s slowest broadband.
Topping the chart are the unlucky residents of Queens Road in Weybridge, Surrey whose connection is so dire it can take up to 119 hours to download a movie.
Homeowners on Queens Road may feel envious of residents of Dale Lane in Appleton, Cheshire, who boast download times of under 90 seconds for their favourite film, making the broadband speed in Appleton 5,000 faster than that of Queens Road.
The research was published by Uswitch.com, who analysed the download speeds of nearly 400,000 homes to reveal which UK areas have the best and worst broadband.
The findings have raised concerns that the ‘digital divide’ could be getting wider, as the fastest street was only 830 times quicker than the slowest in Uswitch.com’s analysis in 2019.
“The digital divide that runs through Britain has grown dramatically in the last year, with the fastest street’s broadband more than 5,000 times quicker than the slowest,” said Ernest Doku, broadband expert at Uswitch.com.
“It’s interesting to see that the North claims the fastest street this year, while the slowest street is in the south east, showing that the speed of your connection has nothing to do with where you live.
“It’s great that more of us are enjoying ultra-fast broadband, but we don’t want to see large swathes of the country left behind on shoddy connections that aren’t suitable for modern life.”
Britain’s fastest broadband download by street in 2020:
|1. Dale Lane, Appleton, Warrington, Cheshire – 639.67Mbps||6. York Road, Guildford, Surrey – 352.67Mbps|
|2. Longhedge, Caldecotte, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire – 568.18Mbps||7. Chapel Road, Oldbury-on-Severn, Gloucestershire – 284.92Mbps|
|3. Old Ballynahinch Road, Lisburn, Northern Ireland – 563.85Mbps||8. Woodcroft Road, Liverpool, Merseyside – 282.21Mbps|
|4. Montvale Gardens, Leicester, Leicestershire – 452.02Mbps||9. Cairn Wynd, Inverurie, Scotland – 276.40Mbps|
|5. Mill Close, Henlow, Bedfordshire- 360.59Mbps||10. Sandy Hamilton Place, Inverurie, Scotland – 253.17Mbps|
The findings also suggest that the number of broadband users experiencing faster speeds is growing.
54% of UK residents are able to receive speeds of more than 30Mbps, up from 22% just five years ago.
“With millions of us working from home and watching more streaming TV at the moment, a good broadband connection is more important than ever,” Doku continued. “One of the biggest obstacles stopping people from getting faster downloads speeds is the lack of awareness regarding superfast and ultra-fast broadband.
“For example, some people on the UK’s fastest street, Dale Lane, enjoy speeds above 900Mbps, while others only get 5.5Mbps.
“And of the ten slowest streets, seven could have access to faster broadband, so we urge residents there – and anyone else unhappy with their broadband speeds – to do a quick check online to see what speeds they could be getting.”
Britain’s slowest broadband download by street in 2020:
|1. Queens Road, Weybridge, Surrey – 0.12Mbps||6. Waterley Bottom, North Nibley, Dursley, Gloucestershire – 0.49Mbps|
|2. Hatchett Road, Feltham, Hounslow, London – 0.38Mbps||7. Spencer Road, Caterham, Surrey – 0.55Mbps|
|3. Monkton, Devon – 0.45Mbps||8. Ringhaddy Road, Killinchy, Newtownards, Northern Ireland – 0.62Mbps|
|4. Church Street, Great Maplestead, Halstead, Essex – 0.47Mbps||9. Fishtoft Drove, Frithville, Boston, Lincolnshire – 0.66Mbps|
|5. Limmer Close, Wokingham, Berkshire – 0.48Mbps||10. Sopwith Crescent, Wimborne, Dorset – 0.67Mbps|