Thursday 23 March 2017

'Slowest broadband' area revealed

The street with the slowest broadband speed in the country has been uncovered
The street with the slowest broadband speed in the country has been uncovered

The street with the slowest broadband speed in the country has been uncovered by new research.

Patience is a much-needed virtue for web-savvy residents of Railway Hill in Canterbury, Kent.

Their average download speed is 0.13Mb, which means downloading a film would take about 48 hours.

Things are just as bad in Tewkesbury Road in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, where the average speed is 0.14Mb

According to Top10.com, which compiled the figures through one million speed tests carried out on its website, the UK average speed is 6.21Mb, almost 50 times faster than in Railway Hill.

Website director Alex Buttle said: "With average download speeds only marginally faster than dial-up, Railway Hill in Kent has really hit the buffers.

"Given that we're now in 2011 and elsewhere in the country people are enjoying download speeds in the high double digits, this is simply unacceptable and reinforces the broadband lottery that currently reigns in the UK.

"Broadband providers need to do all they can to ensure such cripplingly slow speeds are rectified and that these streets of shame are brought into the 21st century as soon as possible."

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