Wandsworth, Southwark and Kingston upon Hull are amongst some of the best locations across the UK to keep calm, and work from home (WFH) with lockdown now extend for a further three weeks.
These areas are home to the best download speeds at the cheapest cost, according to new research by GetAgent.co.uk, with Argyll and Bute and Devon amongst some of the worst connected areas.
With the vast majority of us looking at a long stretch of working from home we’re about to find out how good our broadband provider really is, as our whole neighbourhood puts pressure on the service through heightened use during working hours in particular.
While we may be fine streaming our latest binge-worthy Netflix show, many of us might struggle when it comes to those company-wide video conference calls or opening those mile-long spreadsheets. With this in mind, GetAgent.co.uk has looked at where the best and worst areas to work from home-based on the quality of internet connection and cost.
With an average download speed of 95.1 Mbps and an average monthly cost of 33p per MBps, London’s Wandsworth is the best place to be working from home during a long stint of self-isolation. With an average of 92 Mbps at 34p per Mbps, Southwark also ranks high as a working from home hotspot.
Kingston upon Hull is the best area outside of London at 73.4 Mbps, while Westminster (72.5 Mbps) and Harlow (72.5 Mbps) also rank in the top five.
Rushmoor, Tower Hamlets, Kingston upon Thames, the City of London, York, Richmond upon Thames, Salford, Luton, Waltham Forest and Reading also made the list for best broadband hotspots for working at home.
With less than 25 Mbps and a cost upwards of £1.25 per Mbps, the Shetland and Orkney Islands, Argyll and Bute and Mid and West Devon were amongst some of the worst connected broadband hotspots.
Founder and CEO of GetAgent.co.uk, Colby Short said, “What we’re seeing right now is pretty unprecedented and while the modern age has seen us lean more towards flexible and fluid working solutions to suit an evolving workplace, I don’t think we’ve ever seen the nation as a whole be largely run from the comfort of our front rooms.
While we are a property company primarily, like almost every other business across the UK broadband is a vital commodity that allows us to function day to day and has enabled us to make the necessary adjustments to carry on as normal operationally, albeit remotely.
Unfortunately, this begs the questions as to whether our home broadband services will be able to stand up to the task as the last thing you need during such a stressful time is poor connectivity. While this is likely to be a once in a lifetime occurrence, we will no doubt see many looking to switch to the best possible provider in order to facilitate their current working arrangement.”