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Surrey borough features in top 10 for UK broadband speeds 0

Surrey borough features in top 10 for UK broadband speeds

Anyone looking to download a film or an album in a hurry should head to the affluent north Surrey borough of Elmbridge, it turns out. Research on broadband speeds by consumer brand Which? puts Elmbridge ninth in the UK for quick connectivity.

The borough is the only area of Surrey to feature in the top ten, yet the county fares better than parts of Scotland. The Orkney Islands, Shetland Islands and Highland local authorities numbered one, two and three for the worst broadband speeds in the UK. The minimum download speed proposed under the government’s Universal Service Obligation is 10Mbps, but the study found the average test in 12 local authority areas didn’t reach this speed.

Read More Surrey Police news No charges over double-fatal crash Snapchat advice Man’s body discovered Murder investigation after assault Despite the majority of slow download speeds coming from rural areas, many local authority areas in big cities are getting below the national average. The London boroughs of Southwark, Westminster, Lambeth, Hackney and the City of London were all found to be lagging behind the UK average, which was identified as 17Mbps in the report. The fastest areas were Tamworth in the West Midlands, followed by Reading, Adur in West Sussex, Enfield and Dundee City.

How does your area fare? (Photo: Rui Vieira/PA Wire) Alex Neill, Which? managing director of home services, said: “Far too many households across the UK are suffering from slow broadband speeds, which can stop you being able to carry out essential daily tasks. “We are encouraging everyone with broadband to use our speed checker so people can see if they are getting the speeds that they’ve been promised by their provider and find out how to complain if their speed is too slow.” He added: “This will also help to further highlight where problem areas are across the UK, putting pressure on government and providers to help everyone get a good broadband connection.” The government says superfast broadband is now available to 93% of the UK (Photo: Handout) A spokesman for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport said: “Superfast broadband is now available to 93% of the UK, and we are reaching thousands more homes and businesses every week. “These figures don’t show what broadband is available – they show many people haven’t taken up speeds that are already available to them. “Thanks to the Digital Economy Act passed last month, we will now directly ensure universal access to high speed broadband for the whole of the UK.” He added: “People can check what speeds are available to them by entering their postcode here 1 .” Which? research using data from Speed Checker Ltd from January to March 2017 found the top 10 to be: Tamworth Reading Adur Enfield Dundee City Luton North East Lincolnshire Merton Elmbridge Broxbourne And the worst…

Orkney Islands Shetland Islands Highland Ryedale Purbeck Na h-Eileanan Siar Powys West Devon Eden Rother Keep up to date with the latest news from around the county via the free Get Surrey app. You can set up your app to see all the latest news and events from your area, plus receive push notifications for breaking news. Available to download from the App Store 2 or Google Play for Android 3 .

References ^ here (gosuperfastchecker.culture.gov.uk) ^ App Store (itunes.apple.com) ^ Google Play for Android (play.google.com)

UK’s worst broadband speeds revealed 0

UK’s worst broadband speeds revealed

A new survey has revealed which UK areas are suffering the most when it comes to poor broadband speeds. The research from by communications watchdog Which? highlights not only the worst offenders when it comes to average download speeds, but also the best regions for high-speed internet across Britain.

Based on data collected from 719,000 “Speed Checker” tests collected from January to March this year, the results present a particularly bleak picture for Scottish netizens, with Orkney Islands, Shetland Islands and Highland local authority areas rounding out the bottom of the table. Of those it was Orkney Islands which landed the wooden spoon, recording an average download speed of just 6.3mbps, with Shetland (8.4mbps) and Highland (8.8mbps) edging just ahead, but still falling well short of expectation. The Scottish trio join eight other areas in failing to meet the 10mbps minimum recommended speed for families outlined under the UK Government’s Universal Service Obligation for broadband.

The shamed regions are Ryedale, Purbeck, Na h-Eileanan Siar, Powys, West Devon, Eden, Rother, and Sterling. At the other end of the table, West Midlands’ Tamworth took home the trophy for super-fast broadband speeds, boasting a whopping 30.4mbps average. Reading (30mbps), Adur (29.2mbps) and Enfield (29.1mbps) took the remaining top spots. “Far too many households across the UK are suffering from slow broadband speeds, which can stop you being able to carry out essential daily tasks,” said Which?

managing director of home services, Alex Neill. “We are encouraging everyone with broadband to use our speed checker so people can see if they are getting the speeds that they’ve been promised by their provider and find out how to complain if their speed is too slow.” “This will also help to further highlight where problem areas are across the UK, putting pressure on government and providers to help everyone get a good broadband connection.” For London, Southwark also failed to shine in the tests, registering last among the capital’s boroughs with a lowly average of 10.4mbps.

Westminister (12.9mbps), Lambeth (13.2mbps), City of London (13.4mbps) and Hackney (16mbps) also failed to cover themselves in glory.

Below are the full top and bottom tables for the Which? 1 survey: UK’s worst broadband areas by average download speeds (mbps) Orkney Islands Scotland 6.3 Shetland Islands Scotland 8.4 Highland Scotland 8.8 Ryedale Yorkshire and the Humber 9 Purbeck South West 9 Na h-Eileanan Siar Scotland 9.1 Powys Wales 9.4 West Devon South West 9.5 Eden North West 9.5 Rother South East 9.5 Stirling Scotland 9.8 Monmouthshire Wales 10 Isle of Anglesey Wales 10.1 Southwark London 10.4 Suffolk Coastal East 10.5 Allerdale North West 10.7 Breckland East 10.8 Maldon East 10.8 West Somerset South West 10.9 Kingston upon Hull, City of Yorkshire and The Humber 10.9 UK’s best broadband areas by average download speeds (mbps): Tamworth West Midlands 30.4 Reading South East 30 Adur South East 29.2 Enfield London 29.1 Dundee City Scotland 28.7 Luton East 27.6 North East Lincolnshire Yorkshire and The Humber 27.4 Merton London 26.9 Elmbridge South East 26.8 Broxbourne East 26.7 Rushmoor South East 26.4 Three Rivers East 26.4 Nuneaton and Bedworth West Midlands 26.1 Middlesbrough North East 26 Harlow East 25.9 Halton North West 25.5 Stevenage East 25.5 Blaenau Gwent Wales 25.4 Brighton and Hove South East 25.3 Kingston upon Thames London 25.1 References ^ Which? (www.which.co.uk)

Where in Lincolnshire has the slowest broadband connection? 0

Where in Lincolnshire has the slowest broadband connection?

The slowest internet speeds in Lincolnshire have been revealed in a new consumer survey. Which? has released data extracted from Speed Checker Ltd which ranked every district in the country on their internet connection speed.

Tamworth in Staffordshire is the best place to live if fast internet is what you are after as the study revealed they boast download speeds of up to 30.4Mbps. How does your personal internet speed compare? Check here 1 If you are wondering about who has the worst, then that mantle fell to the rather remote Orkney Islands in north east Scotland.

In total there were 11 areas that fell short of the government’s minimum recommended speed of 10Mbps under its Universal Service Obligation. While none from Lincolnshire 2 fell into this category there were two that were lower than the national average of 17Mbps. With a rate of 13.7Mbps residents living in East Lindsey were revealed to have the slowest was the slowest broadband connection speed in the region.

Boston was also lower than a lot of homes in the UK with internet users averaging 16.3Mbps in the town. But how did the rest of the county perform? Surprisingly, North East Lincolnshire recorded had the quickest connection in the region.

An average speed of 27.4Mbps saw the area ranked seventh highest in the country for the best place to surf the internet. Lincoln was the second best in the region, having an average of 19.9Mbs, followed by South Kesteven (18.8Mbps), West Lindsey (18.1Mbps) and North Lincolnshire (17.7Mbps). A full list of the country’s speeds that were recorded in the survey can be found here 3 North East Lincolnshire has one of the speediest broadband connections in the UK (Photo: Google Street View) What do the figures tell us?

Which? managing director of home services Alex Neill feels the results of the survey highlight far too many UK households are being forced to accept slow broadband. She said: “Far too many households across the UK are suffering from slow broadband speeds, which can stop you being able to carry out essential daily tasks.” The watchdog has now launched a Fix Bad Broadband campaign urging households to use its free speed checker to make sure their service is up to the speed promised and complain if it is not.

Which? will be using data from its own speed checker to lobby the Government, regulators and broadband companies to improve broadband services across the UK. Ms Neill added: “This will also help to further highlight where problem areas are across the UK, putting pressure on Government and providers to help everyone get a good broadband connection.” Read More Why are the internet speeds so low in some places?

Internet speed can depend on the availability in that area. In simple terms fibre optic broadband is the quicker than standard broadband, however, this is not readily available across all parts of the country, especially in areas where the houses are much older. However, in new builds many providers have come under criticism for failing to provide speedy broadband to new house-owners.

East Lindsey has the slowest broadband in the county, according to the survey (Photo: Google Street View) One woman who didn’t wish to be named, complained about the lack of availability when moving into her new build in North Hykeham, near Lincoln. She said: “I understand that Lincolnshire is a rural county and is quite behind the times when it comes to internet speeds. “What I can’t understand is why in new build housing developers, and broadband companies aren’t made to prioritise new builds to make sure they can get access to high speed internet service. “I have just moved into a new house with my family off Tiber Road and we were told by Sky that we couldn’t have fibre optic broadband because they didn’t offer it in our area. They also said their copper fibres were fully capacitated so I have had to change broadband provider. “I phoned BT who offered me a deal but the speed was the same as EE which was a third of the price left. “I am not saying that the internet is life or death, but in the modern day, in my opinion, it should be treated the same as water and electricity as this is a new build so really I can’t see why it hasn’t been incorporated into the housing plan beforehand.” Read More As part of ambitious plans to make ultrafast broadband speeds available to 12 million homes and businesses by the end of 2020 – Openreach intend to build a Fibre to the Premise (known as FTTP) network for free to all new housing developments with 30 or more homes.

This is dependent on developers registering their site with Openreach and working together early in the building process. The company has promised to connect new homes within nine months of contracting with a developer. Any developments with two or more homes will have access to the company’s existing or planned fibre infrastructure, either funded entirely by Openreach or, where necessary, with the help of co-funding from the developer.

For each new development, Openreach’s dedicated New Sites Reception team will work with developers to check the options for a particular site, and give a clear recommendation on the infrastructure that should be built. Once contracted, a dedicated field based co-ordinator will work with the Developer to lead them through the plan and build process. A spokesperson for Openreach said: “Like Which?, we’d encourage people to check whether faster broadband services are available in their area, because more than 93% of the UK can order superfast speeds today and around 97% can access a service faster than 10Mbps*. “Openreach has invested billions of pounds to improve UK broadband speeds in recent years and we’re continuing to extend our fibre network, which means faster services are increasingly available in some of country’s most remote and hard-to-serve areas.” Top 10 broadband speeds Tamworth, Reading, Adur, Enfield, Dundee City, Luton, North East Lincolnshire, Merton, Elmbridge, Broxbourne.

Bottom 10 broadband speeds Orkney Islands, Shetland Islands, Highland, Ryedale, Purbeck, Na h-Eileanan Siar, Powys, West Devon, Eden, Rother, Stirling References ^ here (broadbandtest.which.co.uk) ^ Lincolnshire (www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk) ^ here (infogram.com)