Despite the government’s push for faster broadband, patches of the UK still experience poor performance according to Thinkbroadband.com. For example, over the summer the slowest recorded average was in Llandrindod Wells, Wales, which experienced speeds of only 2.4 Mbps.
Kirwall & Orkney received speeds of 3.8 Mbps, Hereford received 3.9 Mbps, Inverness at 4.4 Mbps, Dumfries and Galloway at 4.7 Mbps, Shrewsbury at 4.8 Mbps and Wrexham at 4.9 Mbps. By contract, the best speeds were found in Sutton at 19.8 Mbps, and overall the UK averaged 15.4 Mbps.
According to OFCOM, 73% of UK households now have access to superfast broadband. The broadband market is led by BT, which has so far won every BDUK deal. Sky and Virgin Media have 4.91 million subscribers and 4.47 million subscribers respectively, and TalkTalk and EE/Orange have only 4.07 million and 700,000 subscribers respectively.
Thinkbroadband’s co-founder, Sebastien Lahtinen said: “It is an extremely busy time for broadband in the UK, with criticism around the delayed rollout of superfast broadband, and the recent Government initiative to provide high speed connections for business in cities. As of August 2013, the BDUK [the Government’s Broadband Delivery UK] project to improve speeds outside the current commercial footprint in the UK has passed some 100,000 premises. This much criticised BDUK process which delivered its’ first active cabinet in December 2012 is starting to deliver, but it is still early days and there is long way to go until the 4 million target is reached.”
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