New broadband map of the UK shows if you live in a slow area

By Posted 6 Jul 2011, 11:24

Broadband coverage in the UK can be very hit or miss, with some parts getting superfast broadband and others getting no service at all. Now thanks to Ofcoms new broadband map of the UK you can see if you live in a slow area.

The new map is interactive and shows more than just how quick connection speeds are. It also shows UK residents overall performance in their area as well as average broadband take up. Residents can also see where superfast availability is and average modem sync speeds. A big criticism of UK broadband providers has always the average download speeds consumers are actually getting compared to the advertised ones.

One of the few locations to get the fastest download ratings is unsurprisingly the capital London. But areas such as parts of Scotland and Wales have the slowest speeds. Many rural areas across the country have limited or no service at all, which the British government is looking to address by 2015 with all households having access to at least 2Mbits/sec.

When you click on a certain area of the map you are given a complete idea of the state of the service and availability. The information is based on ISPs and other communications providers obtained by Ofcom. The industry body promises to release a more detailed map sometime later in the year.

The fastest average location in the UK goes to Edinburgh with 10.1Mbits/s which is not the greatest, while the residents of Fermanagh in Northern Ireland have the unlucky title of slowest average speed with 4.3Mbits/s.

Ofcoms new map is color coded to make it easier to see which areas have the best service with each color getting a numbered rating from 1 to 5, with 1 being the best. The map reveals that people who live in Brighton & Hove on the south coast, have the highest take up of broadband services. A total of 58% of UK residents now have access to superfast broadband.

You can take a look at the map for yourself here, and let us know if you agree with the findings and what download speeds you get from your broadband provider.

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