This Doncaster street has been named one of slowest in the UK for broadband
A quiet suburban street in Doncaster has been named as one of the worst in the UK for broadband.
Crossways South in Wheatley Hills is reportedly among the top five streets in the UK with the slowest broadband speeds.
According to new research by comparison site Uswitch.com, residents in the road can expect broadband speeds under 0.35MBps – meaning it would take more than 48 hours to download a two hour HD film.
In contrast, the fastest street in the UK – Haul Fryn in Birchgrove, Swansea – had average speeds of 882Mbps, meaning that the same two-hour film could be downloaded in just 47 seconds.
Wistaston Road in Crewe was named the the slowest street for broadband in the UK while joining Crossways South in the top five were Grand Road, Banchory, in Scotland; Dutchells Copse, Horsham, West Sussex and Cornwall Avenue in Manchester.
The UK average broadband speed is 79.1Mbps, according to the figures.
According to Uswitch, the number of broadband users accessing faster speeds is growing, with 43% of users getting superfast speeds of at least 30Mbps, compared to just 22% six years ago, but the firm urged residents to check their local broadband speed availability as many could be eligible for an upgrade.
“Britain’s broadband keeps getting quicker every year, but parts of the country continue to be left behind,” Uswitch broadband expert Ernest Doku said.
“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.
“It’s great to witness the increased uptake of ultrafast broadband, but we don’t want to see large swathes of the country left behind on shoddy connections that aren’t cutting it for modern life.
“Of the 10 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.”
An Ofcom spokesperson said: “This survey highlights an important point: if people are getting low broadband speeds, it isn’t usually because fast connections are not available.
“We always recommend speaking to your provider to check you’re on the fastest connection and the best deal.”