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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)

G.fast edging closer to being just another broadband product 0

G.fast edging closer to being just another broadband product

Openreach is at the beginning of a journey to 12 million premises with ultrafast broadband available to them, 10 million via G.fast pods and another 2 million with full fibre (FTTP, 1 million are likely to be business premises). G.fast has had it seems lots of trials and pilots but the scale is starting to ramp up and in a series of press releases BT Group and Openreach 1 has given some rough details for where G.fast will be appearing next. So for example we are expecting to see G.fast appear in parts of Sighthill, Gorgie, Corstorphine, Murrayfield, Fountainbridge, Craiglockhart, the Meadows and Morningside in Edinburgh and parts of Linn and Rutherglen in Glasgow with that giving Scotland some 16,900 premises of coverage.

The various pilot areas are already said to cover some 100,000 premises. The 20 main pilot locations across the UK are: Bolton,      Greater Manchester Cherry      Hinton, Cambridgeshire Cheltenham,      Gloucestershire Derby,      Derbyshire Donaldson,      Edinburgh Gillingham,      Kent Huntingdon,      Cambridgeshire Langside,      Glasgow Luton,      Bedfordshire Newbury,      Berkshire Newcastle      upon Tyne Newmarket,      Suffolk Rusholme,      Manchester St.      Austell, Cornwall South      Clapham, Balham and Upton Park, London Swansea,      Wales Swindon,      Wiltshire Sheffield,      South Yorkshire G.fast is designed to allow those within a few hundred metres of their cabinet to get ultrafast speeds between 100 Mbps and 500 Mbps and initially two product speeds are likely to be sold up to 160 Mbps and up to 330 Mbps. Indicative wholesale pricing is available, but with the impact a user can have on peak bandwidth ulitisation we may see retail pricing that is somewhat different once the service fully launches.

We have been seeing people testing with G.fast and generally it does seem to do what it says on the tin and we may be able to share some average speeds for G.fast in a month or two. We know of 25 cabinets where G.fast is currently available and these are (NOTE: some cabinets may not offer full coverage due to different delivery methods from early trials or distance from cabinet): Cambridge Central cabinets 24, 37, 38, 50, 59 and 88 Cherry Hinton cabinets 36,38,39 and 42 Cambridge Science Park cabinets 21 and 22 Huntingdon cabinet 61 Edinburgh Donaldson cabinet 13 Gillingham cabinets 9 and 19 Hoo cabinets 2 and 3 Medway cabinet 37 Strood cabinet 28 Gosforth cabinet 42 Luton cabinet 91 Swansea Central cabinet 64 St Austell cabinets 5 and 11 Our checkers know about G.fast with it mentioned explicitly on our speeds and coverage site 2 but on the main site checker 3 as the products are not live, i.e. nothing to appear in listings it only shows up as faster speeds than would normally be expected from FTTC.

Our cabinet list is not definitive as our core focus is on tracking the superfast roll-outs, so if your is missing please do run a speed test from your G.fast connection 4 or drop us a message to tell us your cabinet has one of the new pods attached. Openreach is often criticised for rolling out G.fast since those who can get it already have VDSL2 at reasonable speeds already available, but with Ofcom planning to slash the revenue that is generated from VDSL2 (specifically the 40/10 product) this is forcing the hand of Openreach i.e. to make money and lever the benefits from the fibre and power that was installed for VDSL2 the faster G.fast services are needed may help to keep the return on investment on track. The 2 million FTTP premises in the ultrafast roll-outs are a slightly different matter as we can see many exchange only lines in city centres where FTTP is now planned, but as with Virgin Media and CityFibre roll-outs we are waiting for the complaints about roadworks, since while Openreach has duct access in many locations, pavement chambers may need expanding or blockages need clearing.

In terms of market competition the speeds will take Openreach and its customers head to head with Virgin Media, but once DOCSIS 3.1 is properly launched they should be able to easily offer even higher speeds, the big question mark is what will the relative performance of the two competing platforms be. The congestion and other issues at Virgin Media is already causing those where performance is important e.g. gamers and twitch broadcasters to switch to services that have lower headline speeds but are much more consistent in terms of latency and the actual speed they get at peak times.

Comments Post a comment Login Register 5 6 References ^ press releases BT Group and Openreach (www.btplc.com) ^ speeds and coverage site (labs.thinkbroadband.com) ^ main site checker (www.thinkbroadband.com) ^ speed test from your G.fast connection (www.thinkbroadband.com) ^ Login (www.thinkbroadband.com) ^ Register (www.thinkbroadband.com)

Which bits of the UK are beauty and beast for mobile broadband? 0

Which bits of the UK are beauty and beast for mobile broadband?

Mobile broadband is something that when it works you simply do not notice it and you get on with whatever you are doing, whether that be uploading your latest selfie to your millions of followers or responding to an important work email after spending 30 minutes using your mobile to check the information so you can respond while away from the office.

4G is the latest incarnation and we know it can do amazing speeds with some people delivering speed tests of over 200 Mbps in the download direction and 30 Mbps upload speeds, of course the latest 4G handsets with support for CAT9 are needed to see those speeds but you also need a provider that supports the speeds and also has the widespread coverage. OpenSignal who offer an app that collects data on mobile signal strength and does some testing in return for helping you find the best locations for 4G based on the crowd sourced information have published their coverage data 1 , highlighting that coverage and speeds are vary variable across UK cities. Of course we have our own data on this and you can search on broadband availability and speeds site 2 for how your area is performing.

The Top 10 UK Council Areas for Mobile Broadband Speeds Q1/2017 Data from thinkbroadband speed test Area Download Speed of bottom 25% (Mbps) Median Download (Mbps) Mean Download (Mbps) Download Speed of top 25% Mbps Median Upload (Mbps) Mean Upload (Mbps) Waveney District 9.9 22.6 44.5 34.5 5.4 8.1 South Tyneside District 6.2 17.3 39.1 34 3.7 5.8 Enfield London Borough 7.7 12.8 38.6 22 3.2 6 North Tyneside District 5.3 19.9 38.4 32 3.2 8 Charnwood District 9.5 16 37.4 23.3 4.6 6 Windsor and Maidenhead 8.3 17.2 36.6 33.1 2.7 9.3 Bexley London Borough 9.1 18.6 34.5 33.9 3.8 7.5 Bassetlaw District 9.8 15.2 31.8 35.5 2.9 5.8 Erewash District 11.1 21.6 31.2 44.8 3.4 6.2 Camden London Borough 6.2 23 31 37 5.7 5.7 What is interesting to see is that the median and mean speeds are often very different, highlighting that when some people get good 4G it is really good and can thus pull the mean a lot higher. With a modern Internet where we are all content creators to some extent upload speeds are equally important and therefore we have included the mean and median figures. The Bottom 10 UK Council Areas for Mobile Broadband Speeds Q1/2017 Data from thinkbroadband speed test Slowest at top of table Area Download Speed of bottom 25% (Mbps) Median Download (Mbps) Mean Download (Mbps) Download Speed of top 25% Mbps Median Upload (Mbps) Mean Upload (Mbps) Fenland District 2.8 9.1 10.2 13.3 1.5 2.1 Waltham Forest London Borough 2.7 7.5 12.7 18.7 1.5 3.2 Brent London Borough 2.8 9.2 14.1 18.3 1.4 3 Suffolk Coastal District 4.8 10.3 14.1 22.8 1.6 3.2 Harrogate District 6.5 10.8 14.1 16.7 1.5 3.8 Pendle District 4.6 8.9 14.2 21.4 1.7 3.3 West Lothian 6 11.7 14.3 23.8 2.8 2.9 Hammersmith and Fulham London Borough 5.4 9.9 14.5 25.8 3.6 5.1 City of Nottingham 4.1 12.8 14.6 17.9 1.7 3 Torbay 9.1 13.6 14.7 21.5 1.1 1.9 The fact that three London Boroughs are in the bottom 10 council areas may surprise some, but is in line with the Opensignal results that rank London as 16th out of 20 UK urban areas.

The spread across different parts of London is very apparent when you just view those areas, and for a wider UK picture we have also included a copy of the metropolitan district councils. Ofcom is on record saying that “Ofcom rules mean that virtually all UK premises must receive a 4G signal by the end of this year. We’re also making available valuable new airwaves to boost mobile broadband, and have challenged mobile operators to explore how to reach all remote areas and transport lines.” so it will be interesting to see what difference there is when we look at the Q1/2018 figures in 12 months time.

On the extra spectrum it needs to be highlighted that while the release of the 700 MHz is a massive boost to coverage it is a part of the spectrum that will not give the best speeds and if masts are spread too thinly issues will arise at peak times. The problem facing Ofcom and the Government is that much money and time is being spent on the next greatest thing since sliced bread in the form of 5G, but if 5G is to hit the ground running and be a big showcase for the UK many more masts need deploying and better to start that now and offer 4G rather than wait another few years. Some cities are ahead of the game as the roll-out of ‘free’ Wi-Fi means that adding 5G at its highest Gigabit speeds should be a simple upgrade of existing hardware in various bits of unobtrusive street furniture.

If you have spare mobile data allowance and want to help with our mobile broadband speed plotting then you can try our mobile tester version 3 which will request access to location information and will automatically align this to the closest postcode if the location accuracy is good. This tester is one we use when plotting speeds in areas on foot ourselves and is configured to repeat a test every 10 minutes if you are on foot and if you do not want that behaviour simply closing the web page will ensure we don’t use any background data. The web app can also be added to your home screen for easy access, since the URL is not easy to type.

References ^ coverage data (opensignal.com) ^ broadband availability and speeds site (labs.thinkbroadband.com) ^ SSL based speed test with automatic location detection (labs.thinkbroadband.com)