Poor Internet connectivity can have adverse effect on local businesses, house prices and education

UK's slowest broadband street named

Two streets with 30 times slower download speeds than UK average have been named the slowest broadband locations in the country.

Those living on Erw Fawr in Henryd, Wales, and Wheatley Road in Stanford-Le-Hope, Essex, can only download 0.6 megabits of data per second, according to a report carried out by online comparison site uSwitch.com.

Erw Fawr and Wheatley Road’s connections are 96 times slower than Loundes Road in Unstone, Derbyshire, which came the first in the comparison.

That means that while inhabitants of the two slowest streets would have to wait more than 15 hours to download an HD-quality movie, those on Loundes Road, the fastest, could download the same movie in less than 10 minutes.

"There are still areas in the UK which experience broadband speeds so slow the service is negligible,” said Marie-Louise Abretti, a broadband expert at uSwitch.com. “At the same time, superfast broadband connections are becoming more widely available but – as our research suggests – these are clearly not being used."

uSwitch's research found that only 15 per cent of UK residents have access to a broadband connection of 30Mbps or higher, the speed which is required to earn the tag of "superfast" as set out by the EU. uSwitch also quote figures from Ofcom that show that while 73 per cent of the UK now have access to superfast broadband, fewer than 10 per cent can use it.

"More needs to be done to increase awareness of availability and cost. Superfast broadband isn't as expensive as some users might think, with prices starting at £16 per month plus £15 for line rental," said Abretti.

"Broadband is now widely considered the fourth utility, but our speed-test data shows that not everyone is getting a decent service,” she said, explaining that poor connectivity may in many cases have an adverse effect on local businesses, house prices and children's education.

The report comes just days after technology business leaders met in London to discuss how to improve the UK's position within the technology sector, including calls for the government to push more children into technology careers from a young age.

Deputy mayor of London for business and enterprise Kit Malthouse spoke at the Tech London Advocates event, saying: "In the future, technology should become a central part of the government's economic policy, and it is certainly very important to London."

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