Revealed: The best and worst places in the Britain for quick internet speeds – and Truro is four times slower than Hull
- Hull has been found to have the fastest broadband download speeds in the UK
- Truro has been found to have the worst – nearly four times slower than Hull
- We reveal the best value broadband deals currently on the market
Hull is the best place to live in the UK for access to fast broadband, new research has revealed.
Whilst the UK’s average download speed is 54.2Mbps, Hull is working at an average of 87Mbps, according to new data from Broadband Choices, the communications comparison website.
This is nearly four times quicker than in Truro, which is running on average download speeds of 23Mbps, making it the worst place to live in the UK for fast internet.
Having access to fast broadband is very important to Britons, with 69 per cent prioritising speedy internet over living close to good nurseries and schools, according to a poll of 2,115 UK homeowners.
The same poll, carried out by Broadband Choices, showed just 57 per cent said the latter would be more important to them.
Quick: The ten best and worst places for average download broadband speeds across the UK
In order to find out which areas of the UK had the best access to fast broadband, Broadband Choices analysed data of download speeds from Ofcom’s latest Connected Nations report as well as looking at its own data of 121 locations across the UK.
It found that although the average download speed is 54.2Mbps, only 33 per cent of locations across the UK benefit from faster than average download speeds.
After Hull, Swindon had the next highest average speed at 84Mbps while Cleveland was third with speeds of 75Mbps.
Guildford, Nottingham and Watford followed close after, with Sutton, Luton, Twickenham and Edinburgh rounding out the top 10 places with fastest broadband speeds.
At the bottom of the heap meanwhile, Perth came after Truro with the second worst average speeds at 24Mbps followed by Llandrindod Wells at 25Mbps.
Lerwick, Torquay and Galashiels also featured in the list of the worst ten locations as well as Lancaster, Dumfries, Aberdeen and Norwich.
Hull has been named as the best place for fast broadband in the UK, whilst Truro came last
London offers poor internet speeds
However, speeds in the capital were not found to be as fast as some might expect.
Despite North London being found to have above average speeds at 56Mbps, North West London had below average speeds at 44Mbps.
All other areas in London were also found to have below average speeds, ranging between 47Mbps and 53Mbps.
Mark Pocock, home communications expert at Broadband Choices, said: ‘Despite the research offering a useful snapshot of the UK, most British consumers only become aware of what broadband speeds they should be getting after they have signed up for a deal.
‘But nowadays, broadband speeds are vitally important. The new Prime Minister, for example, recognised the importance of faster broadband speeds in his acceptance speech, and has pledged to deliver full-fibre broadband to every home in the UK by 2025.’
The Government has been focusing on the rollout of superfast broadband for nearly 10 years now, which, according to Ofcom, is now available in 95 per cent of the UK.
However, only 7 per cent of the UK have access to full-fibre networks meaning most will be left without a reliable superfast broadband connection.
The Government is prioritising city centres, towns and businesses with a complete full-fibre rollout target of 2033.
This means, however, those in rural communities will likely have to wait much longer for reliable access to superfast broadband, potentially slowing down economic growth in these areas.
Pocock added: ‘To protect the productivity of the UK workforce, it’s vital that we continue to put pressure on councils and the Government to achieve this goal. Indeed, of the four hundred UK council websites and Ofcom reports we looked at, in many areas those councils have failed to meet their own targets and hit their deadlines.
‘All that said, households could make a significant impact on their speeds right now by shopping around for the best deals and knowing what speeds they are entitled to in the first place.’
|Provider||Cost per month||Setup cost||Average download speed||Contract length||Freebies|
|Virgin Media||£26||N/a||54Mb||12 months||£75 bill credit|
|TalkTalk||£23.50||N/a||38Mb||18 months||£40 voucher|
|Plusnet||£18.99||N/a||10Mb||18 months||£75 cashback|
|BT||£28.99||£9.99||50Mb||18 months||£100 BT Reward card|
|Sky||£27||N/a||59Mb||18 months||£75 voucher|
|Source: Broadband Choices|
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