Scandal: UK's appaling internet speeds exposed

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uk-internet-speeds-map.jpgThe UK’s woeful internet speeds were exposed today after it was revealed that three million homes in the UK have broadband speeds of less than 2Mps.

These so called, “notspots”, aren’t merely confined to rural communities but extend to streets in major towns.

The limiting affect of a bad broadband connection on a user’s internet experience is marked. Those people in poor connection areas can’t view certain webpages or use certain web tools such as Flickr, Facebook and iPlayer.

Samknows.com have compiled this handy map so you can see roughly what speed you’re getting in your neck of the woods.

Stroud appears to have a reasonable connection speed of 16Mps, which seems a tad pointless being that nobody in Gloucestershire owns a computer – I’m kidding they have computers, but they all use dial-up. Broadband is banned in Gloucestershire – they think its witchcraft.

The UK’s average connection speed of around 5Mps is a full 15Mps slower than world-leader Singapore, who enjoy blistering 20Mps internet, but even that is still a full 20Mps slower than the fastest domestic connection in the world which belongs to Sigbritt Löthberg, a 78-year-old from Karlstad, Sweden. But apparently all she uses it for is to go on garfieldminusgarfield.net. Bless her.

(Via BBC)

TechDigest writer

2 comments

  • It’s all down to BT.
    I’m amazed that they are still in business, they rank lowest in every consumer survey and seemingly have no interest in providing anything but a third-rate service.
    UK broadband is a national embarrassment.

  • World-leader Singapore gets 20 Mmps? That isn’t much. Sweden gets 40 Mbps? Better, but still a long way from the 120 Mpbs we get in the Netherlands (UPC cable)

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