Find out how quick your broadband is with this new tool

With a new online tool you can immediately find out what broadband connections look like in your area.

There is still no full broadband coverage in the UK. Hundreds of thousands of people still do not have access to adequate broadband – and there are big differences between regions.

A neighborhood in rural Scotland was found to have the slowest internet in the UK Mirror.

Meanwhile, the people of Kent suffer from extremely slow connections, the latest data shows amid demands for broadband equality.

With the following exclusive tool you can now find out what the connections look like in your region.

People who live in Carron Bridge, Muirmill, and Easter Buckieburn in Stirling see average download speeds of just 0.1 Mbps.

That is much slower than 3G (approx. 3 Mbit / s) – and only slightly better than dial-up (0.06 Mbit / s).

The figures from Ofcom’s Connected Nations report show that 92% of households in the region cannot receive download speeds of at least 2 Mbps.

Of the 50 places in the UK with the slowest average download speeds, 42 are in Scotland.

The other areas with super slow internet are in Kent.

The common third for average download speeds was the Belcaire Close area and the Manor Farm Close area, both in Lympne in Folkestone and Hythe, with average speeds of 0.5 Mbps.

Properties across the City of London can expect an average download speed of 19.1 Mbps, almost a quarter of the UK average of 71.8 Mbps and the slowest in the UK.

Homes in Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Stockton-on-Tees, northeast Lincolnshire, and West Dunbartonshire enjoy the fastest average download speed in the country at 107 Mbps.

Super fast

However, at the neighborhood level, there are 48 areas – in Cumbria, Hull, Lancashire and North Yorkshire – with an average speed of 1 Gbps.

Ofcom’s report says high speed internet access is improving across the UK.

There are now almost eight million households that can get gigabit connections (download speeds up to 1 Gbps) and 96% of UK households can access superfast broadband (up to 30 Mbps).

Around 27% of households in the UK can get gigabit broadband, which includes full fiber services and Virgin Media’s fastest cable package.

However, this varies across the UK – 56% in Northern Ireland, 42% in Scotland, 25% in England and 19% in Wales.

While 96% of people in the UK can get superfast broadband, it is 81% in rural areas.

Ofcom estimates that around 60% of businesses that can use superfast broadband are actually using superfast or faster service.

Still no access

Lindsey Fussell, director of Ofcom’s networking and communications group, said, “For millions of families this year, life would have been even more difficult during the lockdown without reliable broadband to work, learn, play and see loved ones.

“So it’s encouraging that future-proof gigabit broadband is now available to a quarter of households, and we expect it to grow even faster in the months ahead.”

However, an estimated 190,000 (0.6%) of UK properties do not have access to adequate broadband service (download speeds of up to 10 Mbps) over either a fixed or fixed wireless network.

That matched the estimate of 189,000 in 2019.

As of last year, some people have been able to get help connecting under the UK Government’s universal broadband service.

Requests for these connections will be directed to BT, who will assess the suitability of properties for the system (subject to a reasonable cost threshold of £ 3,400).

10 worst places for broadband

  1. Stirling

  2. East Ayrshire

  3. Folkestone and Hythe

  4. Maidstone

  5. Angus

  6. Argyll and Bute

  7. Dumfries and Galloway

  8. Highlands

  9. Orkney Islands

  10. Shetland Islands


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