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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)

Powys still in bottom 10 places in UK for poor broadband speeds 0

Powys still in bottom 10 places in UK for poor broadband speeds

Research conducted by consumer organisation Which? found that Powys is in the bottom 10 for speeds in the UK, along with the Orkney Islands, Shetland Islands and Highland local authorities. Ryedale in Yorkshire and Purbeck in Dorset also made up the bottom five, while Tamworth, Reading, Enfield and Dundee City are among the places where the fastest speeds can be picked up.

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. Montgomeryshire Assembly Member Russell George has spent years campaigning for better broadband in the county, and last week called for better work to be done by the Welsh Government to provide higher broadband speeds. He is holding a Montgomeryshire Broadband Summit at 10.30am on July 17 at the Elephant and Castle Hotel in Newtown, along with Minister for Skills and Science Julie James AM.

Speaking recently, Mr George said the Superfast Broadband scheme in Wales needs to improve. He said: “The original open market review identified 45,000 premises in Wales that would not benefit from the project but this has now grown to 98,000 – over double the original number. “The project is also still plagued with communications issues, which see residents being told one month that they’ll have access to fibre broadband by a certain date, only to be told a few weeks later that they won’t receive it at all. Advertising “This is unacceptable and I have sought assurances from the Welsh Government that any successor scheme has a contractual obligation built into it that will see an improvement in public communications.” It is not just rural areas that have slow broadband speeds.

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. 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. Advertising “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.” A Department for Culture, Media and Sport spokesman added: “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.” “People can check what speeds are available to them by entering their postcode at gosuperfastchecker.culture.gov.uk.” Mr George’s meeting is for community leaders to answer questions of Miss James AM and BT officials, on their plans to improve broadband coverage in Montgomeryshire. Currently over 645,000 premises in Wales can already access superfast broadband thanks to Superfast Cymru, and by the end of the year this figure is expected to reach 690,000.

A consultation on further work from 2018 onwards is currently talking place.

For more information go to https://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)