Allington street one of the slowest in the country for broadband

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A street in Allington is the 13th slowest in the UK for broadband.

Internet users in The Crescent, in Allington Gardens, are experiencing average download speeds of 1.01 Mbps. This is according to research by USwitch.com

The slowest street for broadband is named as Williamson Road in Romney Marsh, Kent, while Sandy Lane in Cannock, Staffordshire is the fastest. Williamson Road has a dire average speed of 0.54Mbps - 135 times slower than Sandy Lane’s superfast 72.86Mbps and 42 times slower than the UK average speed of 22.8Mbps.

A third of the UK still struggles with sub 5Mbps speeds, while 23 per cent make do with speeds of less than 3Mbps.

The north of England offers twice as many speedy streets as the south, according to uSwitch’s top 30 fastest streets.

Three of the UK’s fastest streets are in Staffordshire, but the county is also home to two of the slowest streets.

Alexandra Court, in Skegness, is named as the sixth fastest street for broadband in the country with average downlaod speeds of 68.19Mbps.

Ewan Taylor-Gibson, broadband expert at uSwitch.com, comments: “On the UK’s slowest street broadband speeds are so sluggish you could fly to the Bahamas and back again in the time it takes to download a film.

“Likely causes include the user’s distance from the nearest exchange or issues within the properties themselves. Wireless connections can be affected by the thickness of walls, for example, but your broadband provider can usually offer a solution if that’s the case.

“Superfast broadband is now available to more than three quarters of the UK, but nearly a third don’t realise they can get it. We looked at which of the 30 slowest streets had superfast availability and, interestingly, 37 per cent of them do, but residents have obviously chosen not to take up superfast services.

“More needs to be done to increase awareness of fibre availability and its benefits. Superfast broadband isn’t as expensive as some users might think, with prices averaging an extra £9 a month on top of standard broadband costs.

“A recent House of Lords report called for broadband to be defined as a public utility and voiced concerns about the delivery of superfast services. Terrible speeds can isolate people and take their toll on businesses, schools, even house prices. A nationwide rollout of fibre broadband to the furthest and most remote corners of the UK has never been more urgent.”