Zero cities reach government broadband targets

31 October 2013

WIFI_icon The government made loads of grand plans for the UK's broadband and, unsurprisingly, not a single town or city met the minimum ‘superfast’ download speed of 24Mbps.

Research from uSwitch found that Telford came closest to the government target with an average download speed of 23Mbps, with Belfast doing well with 20Mbps compared to London's average speed of 17Mbps.

London has more to worry about than that as disparity in speeds was found to be large, with almost a fifth of broadband users using connections with speeds lower than 3Mbps.

Who came last? That dubious honour goes to Hull who were found to have the slowest connection speed for a major city in the UK, who have a total average speed of 10Mbps as well as being the place that made least compared with previous tests.

"Urban speeds in the UK are around three times faster than rural speeds, but even download speeds in Britain’s 50 biggest cities still aren’t super-fast,” said Marie-Louise Abretti, telecoms expert at uSwitch.

"The Government’s blinkered focus on bringing super-fast connections to 95% of Britain by 2017 is all very well but, if they pull it off, it’s only half the battle won," said Abretti. "If people don’t actually use super-fast broadband because it’s too expensive, or they don’t know they can get it, then what’s the point?"

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