Britain's worst town for broadband revealed

Britain's worst town for broadband revealed
At 0.128Mbps it would take you 48 hours to download a two-hour film!

Mount Pleasant in Halesworth has been voted the worst place in the UK for broadband speeds, clocking in a rather miserly 0.128 megabits a second.

This is according to uSwitch, which has compiled a list of 50 streets in the United Kingdom that are dogged by dodgy broadband connections.

The survey was done by speed testing 1.5 million streets in the UK, between March and August this year.

Speedy Spa

The survey also found the speediest towns for broadband in the UK, with Leamington Spa in Warwickshire coming out top with speeds of 18.865Mbps.

Speaking about the results, Ernest Doku, uSwitch, said: "Many of the streets on the list aren't in the far-flung countryside, but rather in more urban areas, nearer to exchanges and where we would expect to see higher download speeds across the board."

Despite the survey taking place, according to the Guardian, this year, BT believes the information may be out of date.

A spokesperson for BT contacted TechRadar and said about the findings:

"This survey seems to be out of date and so the findings should be treated  with a large pinch of salt.

"From a quick review it is immediately apparent that  one of the  allegedly 'slowest' streets has access to super-fast fibre broadband   which offers some of the fastest speeds in the UK.

As a result, we would  discourage anyone from treating this survey seriously."

TechRadar contacted uSwitch, however, and it stands by its data. The data it got was from speed tests actually conducted by users of the site over the last few months.

The worst 10 towns for broadband speeds, according to the survey, are as follows:

  • Mount Pleasant, Halesworth, Suffolk: 0.128 (Mbps)
  • Forestfield, Horsham, West Sussex: 0.134
  • Inchkeith Drive, Dunfermline, Fife: 0.169
  • Faraday Avenue, Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire: 0.182
  • Baird Avenue, Kilwinning, Ayrshire: 0.225
  • Wheatears Drive, Romsey, Hampshire: 0.242
  • Furzy Park, Haverfordwest, Dyfed: 0.254
  • Calmore Drive, Totton, Hampshire: 0.267
  • Mowbray Grove, Stockton-on-Tees, Cleveland: 0.274
  • Colledge Close, Brinklow, Warwickshire: 0.279

Via the Guardian

Marc Chacksfield

Marc Chacksfield is the Editor In Chief, at DC Thomson. He started out life as a movie writer for numerous (now defunct) magazines and soon found himself online - editing a gaggle of gadget sites, including TechRadar, Digital Camera World and Tom's Guide UK. At Shortlist you'll find him mostly writing about movies and tech, so no change there then.