According to a new survey by uSwitch.com residents of a street in North Devon are enjoying some of the best broadband speeds in the country.
A North Devon street has some of the highest broadband speeds in the country, according to a new survey.
Highbre Crest in the village of Whitstone, near Holsworthy, was named the 13th fastest street in the UK, with an average download speed of 116Mbps, according to a survey of broadband speeds conducted by uSwitch.com.
Broadband users living in the South West are the most likely to find themselves with superfast speeds.
Five of the UK’s fastest broadband streets can be found in Devon, Dorset, Cornwall and Wiltshire.
By contrast, if you head north of the Mersey you are more likely to encounter streets that struggle with molasses-like internet; nine of the slowest streets for broadband can be found in the likes of North and South Yorkshire, Teeside, Manchester and across Scotland.
The street with the lowest speeds in the UK was revealed to be Greenmeadows Park in Bamfurlong, Gloucestershire.
Greenmeadows Park suffers average speeds that are a staggering 1,899 times slower than the UK’s fastest street, Abdon Avenue in Birmingham, where average speeds have reached 265.89Mbps over the past year.
In Greenmeadows Park it would take more than 102 hours to download a two-hour HD film on Netflix and at least 38 hours to download a 45-minute HD TV show.
By contrast, on Abdon Avenue it would take less than four minutes to download the same film and just 72 seconds to download the same TV show.
Dani Warner, broadband expert at uSwitch.com, says: “This research lays bare the extent of the UK’s digital divide. Streets that are relatively close geographically can be light years apart when it comes to the download speeds they are getting.
“Awareness of fibre broadband availability continues to be the biggest hurdle to people getting faster download speeds. Over a third of the slowest streets have access to superfast speeds, so people living there have no need to be crawling along on completely unusable internet services.
“The industry should be doing more to help consumers understand what sort of broadband they can get at home. And for those who can’t yet obtain faster speeds – which the industry is directly aiming to address with the rollout of full-fibre – improvements really can’t come soon enough.”