UK’s Slowest Broadband Speed Is On Cheshire Street


According to a report, it would take residents on the street over 48 hours to download a two-hour HD move.

A recent study showed that Cheshire has the slowest broadband speed in the United Kingdom.

The average download speed in Wistaston Road in Crewe is 0.25mbps – 3,528 Mbps slower than the fastest, 882mbps in Haul Fryn in Birchgrove, Swansea.

It is super-fast broadband (speeds of more than 30mbps) is available for residents. Still, ultrafast (more than 300mbps) is not.

But despite the research, most of the residents Cheshire Live spoke to on the street said they had few complaints about the speed of their broadband connection.

Steve Roberts, who lives with his daughter, said their connection was fine, although there was a semi-regular problem with buffering while using streaming services.

He said: “It’s been fine. Sometimes you usually get a bit of buffering when you are watching something on the iPlayer. But it’s just a few spins, and it’s okay.

“I’m living with my daughter at the moment, but she has been here for five or six years and hasn’t had a problem.

“The buffering is quite regular but we’ve had no actual problems with the speed of the connection. I don’t have a problem if they want to make it faster of course.”

But Kirsty Ledsham, aged 35, said she had had actual issues with her connection since she moved in two-and-a-half years ago.

She is currently on maternity leave but had been working at home for Crewe-based firm Kindertons and said her Internet is ‘not great’, adding: “It drops out all the time.

“I use the Internet a lot at the moment because I have got a baby and we watch a lot of children’s programmes on Netflix. It regularly freezes.

“I work from home as well, and I have had to contact my provider because I could not get it to work correctly.

“I have had to speak to my broadband provider five or six times in the last two years. You should be getting the service that you pay for.”

A spokesperson for Uswitch described the residents of Wistaston Road as ‘unfortunate’.

In their words: “A two-hour HD movie would take more than 48 hours to download. On the other hand, the people of Haul Fryn could download the same movie in less than half a minute.

“Another good sign is the increase in broadband users’ access to more flying speeds. Two-fifths of users, approximately 43%, now get super-fast speeds of more than 30Mbps, which is almost double those (22%) six years ago.

“But even though super-fast Internet is available in 96% of the country, while ultrafast Internet is available in 62% a recent Uswitch survey found that four in ten (40%) are unaware they can access it in their local area.

In the past year, broadband users have tested 276,083 speed tests, from which we calculated the results.

The number of speed tests carried out is up 124 per cent in 2019, with Uswitch claiming the pandemic has caused people to pay more attention to their home broadband.


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