Swansea street tops table of UK's fastest broadband connections, while Cheshire comes bottom

The UK’s fastest street for broadband, located in Swansea, is 3,567 times quicker than the slowest, new research has revealed.

Haul Fryn in Birchgrove, Swansea boasts average download speeds of 882Mbps (megabits per second, the rate at which data is downloaded and uploaded over an internet connection), compared to just 0.24Mbps in Wistaston Road in Crewe, Cheshire.

It would take Wistaston Road residents more than 48 hours to download a two-hour HD film, while those living in Haul Fryn could download the same film in 47 seconds, according to price comparison service uSwitch.

The company analysed 276,083 speed tests run by broadband users over the last year, registering the top 10 fastest areas, including streets in Ilford, Derby and Fleetwood, receiving between 882Mbps and 699Mbps.

Lutterworth, Leeds, Lisburn, Liverpool, Newbury and Warrington residents were also among those receiving the fastest broadband speeds in the UK during the past year.

This year’s fastest speeds are a considerable improvement on the 639Mbps recorded in Dale Lane, Appleton in Cheshire last year, demonstrating how swiftly superfast and ultrafast broadband is improving each year.

Conversely, the 10 slowest streets, including Bachory, Horsham and Manchester, reached between 0.25Mbps and 0.40Mbps on average.

While Doncaster, Llys Tripp in Cardiff, Morden, Lewisham, Lincoln and Berriedale were also among the areas with the most sluggish connections, residents in nine out of 10 of the slowest streets (with the exception of Berriedale) had access to either superfast or ultrafast broadband connections.

Swansea street tops table of UK’s fastest broadband connections, while Cheshire comes bottom
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Superfast broadband, defined as the norm among broadband providers, offers speeds of around between 50 and 60Mbps and is available in 96 per cent of the UK, while ultrafast broadband connection speeds average more than double – around 150Mbps – and is available in 62 per cent of the UK.

The Government has thrown its weight behind the £5bn Project Gigabit, an initiative promising to connect more than one million homes and businesses at speeds of one gigabit – the equivalent of 1,000 megabits, which could download an HD film in under 30 seconds.

The scheme is on track to meet its ambitious target of bringing gigabit-capable connections to at least 85 per cent of the UK by 2025, reaching 60 per cent of all households by the end of the year, the Government claimed in August.

A recent report from the Gigabit Take-up Advisory Group warned that low public awareness of the project meant it was in danger of missing the target.

More than half (59 per cent) of consumers were not aware of gigabit-capable broadband, while a third (33 per cent) of small businesses had not heard of the technology, it reported in June.

The UK’s average fixed line broadband download connection speed reached 80.2Mbps last year, regulator Ofcom announced in July, a 25.3 per cent rise compared to 2019.

The UK’s 10 fastest streets for broadband

1. Haul Fryn, Birchgrove, Swansea – 882.03Mbps

2. Grange Road, Ilford – 877.48Mbps

3. Dalesgate Close, Littleover, Derby – 855.55Mbps

4. West Gate, Fleetwood – 841.85Mbps

5. Douglas Bader Drive, Lutterworth – 758.87Mbps

6. Billingbauk Drive, Leeds – 749.41Mbps

7. Old Ballynahinch Road, Lisburn – 707.54Mbps

8. Hall Road East, Liverpool – 707.30Mbps

9. Valley Road, Newbury – 699.92Mbps

10. Dale Lane, Appleton, Warrington – 699.76Mbps

The UK’s 10 slowest streets for broadband

1. Wistaston Road, Crewe – 0.25Mbps

2. Grant Road, Banchory – 0.28Mbps

3. Dutchells Copse, Horsham – 0.29Mbps

4. Cornwall Avenue, Tyldesley, Manchester – 0.31Mbps

5. Crossways South, Doncaster – 0.33Mbps

6. Llys Tripp, Gwaelod-y-Garth, Cardiff – 0.34Mbps

7. Seymour Avenue, Morden – 0.36Mbps

8. South Park Crescent, Lewisham – 0.38Mbps

9. Brant Road, Waddington, Lincoln – 0.39Mbps

10. Berriedale – 0.40Mbps

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