If you think your broadband is bad then spare a thought for those living on Wistaston Road, Crewe in Cheshire. According to new research from Uswitch, residents on this road suffer from some of the worst internet access in the UK with some homes getting speeds of just 0.24Mbps. At that dire rate, it would take almost 40 hours to download a blockbuster movie and over two weeks to get a PS5 game ready to play.
Nine other streets have also been named and shamed by Uswitch with roads including Dutchells Copse, Horsham (0.28Mbps), Cornwall Avenue, Tyldesley, Manchester (0.31Mbps) and Seymour Avenue, Morden (0.36Mbps) all seeing dismal downloads that won’t get close to coping with streaming Netflix or making video calls to the office.
Luckily it’s not all bad news with Uswitch reporting that the number of broadband users enjoying faster speeds is growing. Two-fifths of users (43 percent) now get superfast speeds of more than 30Mbps, which is almost double than those (22 percent) six years ago.
There are some UK streets that are getting an even better service with Uswitch crowning Haul Fryn, Birchgrove, Swansea the fastest place in Britain to get broadband.
Residents on this street can whizz files and films to their homes at over 800Mbps – at that rate, a full HD blockbuster movie would download in under a minute.
Grange Road, Ilford (877.48Mbps), Dalesgate Close, Littleover, Derby (855.55Mbps), and West Gate, Fleetwood (841.85Mbps) all broke through the 800Mbps barrier.
Speaking about the latest news Ernest Doku, broadband expert at Uswitch.com, said: “Britain’s broadband keeps getting quicker every year, but parts of the country continue to be left behind.
“Residents of this year’s fastest street, Haul Fryn, could download a film in 47 seconds – where it would take those living in Wistaston Road more than 48 hours to do the same thing.
“At a time when so many of us rely on our broadband for work, streaming films and TV, and gaming, it’s hard to imagine how frustrating such a slow connection must be.”
“Of the ten slowest streets, nine could have access to faster broadband, so we urge residents there — and anyone else unhappy with their broadband speeds — to do a quick search online to see what speeds they could be getting with another provider.”