Many users of the Internet have complained about their connection being slow but spare a thought for those residents in Edzell Woods’ Halsey Drive whose broadband speed has been found to be the slowest broadband in Scotland and the third slowest in the United Kingdom.
According to research carried out by uSwitch.com, the independent price comparison and switching service, the local street has an average broadband download speed of just 0.25Mbs. This is a far cry from the fastest download speed in Scotland, found only 38 miles away in Aberdeen Merkland Road, of 62.96Mbs, which is still slower than the UK’s fastest street, Willowfield in Telford which has an average download speed of 70.90Mbs
Broadband speeds are so slow in Halsey Drive that simply downloading one song would take 2 minutes 40 seconds.
Julia Stent, broadband expert at uSwitch.com, said: “The massive discrepancy between the fastest and slowest streets in Britain shows what the Government is up against in its fight to drag Britain into the broadband fast-lane.
“Rural parts of Britain in particular are still experiencing broadband speeds so slow that they might as well have no broadband at all.
“But worryingly, the Government’s super-fast broadband rollout is heavily geared towards urban areas, which will only widen the rural-urban broadband gap.
“It’s concerning that the main aim isn’t providing a decent broadband service to those areas still lacking basic broadband infrastructure and bringing acceptable average speeds to those in rural areas who have been forever languishing in the slow lane.
“While the Government also has ambitions of bringing basic broadband to all – this only means speeds of 2Mbps, and no targets have been set.
“However, most of Britain’s slowest streets for broadband are not in particularly remote areas, but in small towns, nearer to exchanges and where we would expect to see higher download speeds across the board.
“Part of the problem is that Government funding for super-fast broadband is being dished out to councils, who don’t necessarily have a full view of the big picture.
“Ultimately, anyone frustrated with their broadband service should test their speeds regularly online and compare the results to those of other broadband users in the same area.”