Good internet access is vital for a strong economy, enabling people to work, do business and socialise online. In July 2018, it was announced that rural businesses and communities are set to benefit from improved broadband access as part of a £45 million boost by the government, through the Rural Broadband Infrastructure Scheme. The scheme offers grants to local authorities in areas where broadband services at speeds of 30Mbps or faster are not available or planned. But, despite these investments over the years, the UK is still struggling to bridge the gap between those with sufficient internet access and those without.
A new interactive map created by RS Components reveals the UK cities with the fastest and slowest average download speeds, according to Ofcom data.
York is the UK city with the quickest broadband speed, with an average download speed of 9 Mbps, meaning it would take 6 minutes 15 seconds to download an average HD movie (4.5GB).
The City of London is the city with the slowest broadband speed, with an average download speed of 1 Mbps, taking 42 minutes and 39 seconds to download an average HD movie. This may come as a surprise as Virgin Media and BT broadband both have their HQ’s in London.
Commenting on the data, Vishal Chhatralia of RS Components said: “Long gone are the days where we hear a dialling tone when connecting to the internet, though we should never underestimate the importance of a reliable connection. A strong and reliable internet connection in the home is more important than ever, with the rise of working remotely, online shopping and streaming entertainment services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime. The internet has become one of the most important utilities in the majority of modern homes, and is a hub of communication, entertainment, information and more for many people.”
“In addition, with many jobs requiring the use of the internet, and working remotely becoming an ever-increasingly popular option, the reliance on a strong broadband connection is now imperative for some people to make a living. It’s no wonder we end up wanting to tear our hair out when the connection breaks.”
“London’s spot as the slowest city for download speeds may be surprising to some, particularly when London is arguably the business hub of the UK. However, due to a failure to invest in superfast fibre optic cabling, London’s digital connectivity is lagging, which may affect the city’s attractiveness as a place to work and do business.”
Top 10 slowest broadband speed locations around the UK
- London – 15.1 Mbps
- Orkney Islands- – 17.6 Mbps
- Powys – 20 Mbps
- Argyll and Bute – 20.2 Mbps
- Ceredigion – 20.7 Mbps
- Shetland Islands – 21 Mbps
- Gwynedd – 21.1 Mbps
- Na h-Eileanan Siar – 21.3 Mbps
- Highland – 21.7 Mbps
- West Devon – 21.8 Mpbs
Top 10 fastest broadband speed locations around the UK
- York – 102.9 Mbps
- North East Lincolnshire – 71.5 Mbps
- West Dunbartonshire – 71.2 Mbps
- Stevenage – 70.1 Mbps
- Harlow – 68.1 Mbps
- Lincoln – 67.4 Mbps
- Gloucester – 67.2 Mbps
- Hartlepool – 67.1 Mbps
- Rushmoor – 66.8 Mbps
- Broxtowe – 65.3 Mbps