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Take part in broadband survey, says AM (From South Wales Argus) 0

Take part in broadband survey, says AM (From South Wales Argus)

IT IS important as many people as possible in Gwent and across Wales have their say in a consultation into plans to increase superfast broadband coverage across the country, an AM has said. A Welsh Government consultation into broadband coverage across Wales closes today, Thursday. And, speaking in the Senedd this week, Monmouth AM Nick Ramsay called on his constituents and people throughout the country to make sure they took up the opportunity to have their say.

Addressing leader of the house Jane Hutt, the Conservative AM said: “It’s very important that as many people and businesses contribute to that consultation as possible so that the Welsh Government knows where not-spots are, and the type of services that will be needed, bespoke in many cases, to fill those not-spots moving forward. “They weren’t dealt with in the phase one of broadband roll-out, but it’s important now that people across Wales do contribute to that consultation so that you have the fullest picture possible as to how to move forward.” He said people living in an an area outside Chepstow and in others in the Wye Valley had expressed particular concerns about a lack of coverage.

To take part visit consultations.gov.wales/consultations/next-generation-access-broadband.

Take part in broadband survey, says AM 0

Take part in broadband survey, says AM

IT IS important as many people as possible in Gwent and across Wales have their say in a consultation into plans to increase superfast broadband coverage across the country, an AM has said. A Welsh Government consultation into broadband coverage across Wales closes today, Thursday. And, speaking in the Senedd this week, Monmouth AM Nick Ramsay called on his constituents and people throughout the country to make sure they took up the opportunity to have their say.

Addressing leader of the house Jane Hutt, the Conservative AM said: “It’s very important that as many people and businesses contribute to that consultation as possible so that the Welsh Government knows where not-spots are, and the type of services that will be needed, bespoke in many cases, to fill those not-spots moving forward. “They weren’t dealt with in the phase one of broadband roll-out, but it’s important now that people across Wales do contribute to that consultation so that you have the fullest picture possible as to how to move forward.” He said people living in an an area outside Chepstow and in others in the Wye Valley had expressed particular concerns about a lack of coverage.

To take part visit consultations.gov.wales/consultations/next-generation-access-broadband.

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)