Britain's broadband blackspots revealed

News in brief: One in ten neighbourhoods gets speeds of below 3MBps

News in brief: One in ten neighbourhoods gets speeds of below 3MBps

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Britain's broadband blackspots have been named and shamedPhoto: Shutterstock

One in 10 British neighbourhoods gets broadband speeds below three megabits per second, despite the UK's push for super-fast connections, according to a survey by uSwitch.com.

The survey, based on 1.68 million broadband speed tests conducted by business and residential broadband users, looked at broadband service by postcode. It found that the average UK broadband download speed is 6.7Mbps, and that the deployment of fibre by BT and Virgin is, for many people, "not causing so much a splash as a ripple".

"What's really surprising is the number of cities and towns such as Hereford and Carlisle that are suffering from slow broadband speeds, dispelling the view that it's just rural areas and small towns that have issues with their broadband," uSwitch.com telecoms chief Julia Stent said in a statement on Thursday.

For more information, see UK's broadband blackspots named on Zdnet UK.

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