Stanford-le-Hope street is the slowest in Britain (for Broadband)

WHEATLEY Road in Stanford-le-Hope has been named the slowest street in the country for broadbandwheatley with average download speed of just 0.60Mbps.

This is 96 times slower than the fastest speeds in Loundes Road, Derbyshire and 30 times slower than the national average speed of 17.8Mbps reports The Daily Mail.

To put these speeds into perspective, it would take residents in these two streets an average 15.2 hours to download an HD-quality film.

And roads in Essex feature six times in the list of the UK’s 50 slowest streets – more than any other county – according to the latest consumer speed test data collected by comparison site uSwitch.com.

With an average speed of 1.15Mbps, it would take 23 minutes to download an album.

The research is based on almost two million speed tests run by broadband users over a six-month period.

It also found only 15 per cent of Brits are receiving broadband of 30Mbps or higher – the speed classified by the EU as being ‘superfast’.

Figures from Ofcom confirm that superfast broadband is now available to almost three quarters (73 per cent) of the UK, yet only 9 per cent of the population is using it.

Residents of Loundes Road in Unstone, Dronfield, Derbyshire are enjoying the fastest download speeds in the country, of 57.58Mbps.

By comparison to the slowest streets, residents of Loundes Road could download a HD movie in just nine minutes.

To put these speeds into perspective, it would take residents in these Wheatley Road, an average 15.2 hours to download an HD-quality film. The research is based on almost two million speed tests run by broadband users over a six-month period

Marie-Louise Abretti, broadband expert at uSwitch.com, said: ‘There are still areas in the UK which experience broadband speeds so slow the service is negligible.

‘Broadband is now widely considered the fourth utility, but our speed test data shows that not everyone is getting a decent service.

‘Poor connectivity can severely affect local businesses, impact house prices and children’s education, which is why it’s crucial the government keeps its eye on the ball when it comes to improving UK broadband infrastructure, particularly in remote rural areas.’

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