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Carried out throughout 2009, 65% of tested connections averaged speeds below 1mb, with only 16 out of the 3,600 achieving speeds above 3mb, a mere 0.5%. This is despite claims from providers such as Vodafone claiming speeds of over 7mb.
The 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, are not 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 or 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.
The average broadband connection in the UK provides over 4Mbps for the first time according to broadband.co.uk. No particular mention of upload rates but then I guess we’re all a bunch of web leechers, right?
The figure are up from 3.2Mbps on last year’s study with Virgin Media still the fastest, closely followed by O2. Naturally, quality of service is not included in this accolade but, of course, the real issue is that with the likes of iPlayer, the popularisation of video streaming and now HD in the equation, we’re using even more bandwidth than ever. Ergo, we’re not actually getting a faster browsing experience.
Having a quick look, I’m getting speeds of an average of 5Mbps plus here at Shiny Towers. What are you getting where you are? Send in your average speeds to @techdigest with an @reply and we’ll see who’s the winner. In the mean time, I’m off to Korea for some proper internet access. Not North.