Street with the slowest broadband in Wales revealed
The street with slowest broadband speed in Wales has been revealed.
According to Uswitch’s annual report the unfortunate title goes to Llys Tripp in Gwaelod-Y-Garth, Cardiff, which has download speeds of 0.34Mbps.
Ernest Doku, a broadband expert at Uswitch.com, said the research shows that parts of Wales are still being “left behind”, adding “it’s not hard to imagine how frustrating such a slow connection must be”.
The comparison and switching service collated and analysed 276,083 consumer speed tests across the UK for its research.
The sluggish broadband in Llys Tripp is a staggering 2,594 times slower than Wales’s fastest street, Haul Fryn in Birchgrove, Swansea, where average download speeds reached 882Mbps over the past year.
For the unfortunate residents of Llys Tripp suffering slow speeds, it would take more than 33 hours to download a two-hour HD film. By contrast, the people of Haul Fryn could download the same film in just 47 seconds.
Haul Fryn is 611Mbps quicker than last year’s fastest street The research suggests that there are improvements in ultrafast broadband infrastructure across Wales with the rollout of full fibre broadband.
Two fifths of UK users (43%) now get superfast speeds of more than 30Mbps, which is almost double than those (22%) six years ago. But despite the fact that superfast broadband is available to 96% of the country, and ultrafast to 62%, a recent Uswitch survey found that four in ten (40%) are unaware they can access it in their local area.
Ernest Doku, broadband expert at Uswitch.com, said: “Wales’s broadband keeps getting quicker every year, but parts of the country continue to be left behind.
“Residents of this year’s fastest street, Haul Fryn, could download a film in 47 seconds – where it would take those living in Llys Tripp more than 33 hours to do the same thing.
“At a time when so many of us rely on our broadband for work, streaming films and TV, and gaming, it’s not hard to imagine how frustrating such a slow connection must be.
“It’s great to witness the increased uptake of ultrafast broadband, but we don’t want to see large swathes of the country left behind on shoddy connections that aren’t cutting it for modern life.
“Initiatives like the Universal Service Obligation and Project Gigabit are helping improve connections at both ends of the spectrum, but there is a lot more to be done so consumers don’t get left behind.
“Of the UK’s ten slowest streets, nine could have access to faster broadband, so we urge residents there — and anyone else unhappy with their broadband speeds — to do a quick search online to see what speeds they could be getting with another provider.”