A Scots street with the slowest broadband speed would have to spend 41 hours download a two hour HD film, a new study has found.
Grant Road in Banchory, Aberdeenshire has been named as having the slowest download speeds of any street in Scotland.
Average download speeds reached a snail’s pace of 0.28mbps, according to consumer magazine USwitch.
The sluggish speeds found on this street are a staggering 2,375 times slower than the street with Scotland’s fastest broadband speeds.
Residents on Murrayfield Terrace in Bannockburn, Stirling are able to download the same HD film in just 62 seconds with speeds reaching the heights of a whopping 665mbps.
This figure is 389mbps quicker than last year’s fastest street, which appears to lift the lid on the scale of the rollout of full fibre broadband in Scotland.
USwitch was able to find the average download rates by analysing more 276,083 consumer speed tests carried out across the UK.
The magazine found that two fifths of UK users (45 per cent) now get superfast speeds of more than 30mbps, which is almost double than those six years ago.
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Superfast broadband is available to 96 per cent of the country and ultrafast to 62 per cent.
Uswitch found that four in ten people (40 per cent) are unaware they can access the faster speeds in their local area.
Residents in nine of the ten slowest UK streets could have access to a quicker service, suggesting that consumers who are willing to pay for faster speeds are being deprived of better broadband because they are not aware that they can change to the faster alternative.
The number of speed tests carried out in the UK has risen by 124 per cent in the past year, which suggests that people have been paying closer attention to the performance of their home broadband since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
Ernest Doku, Broadband Expert at uswitch.com, said: “Scotland’s broadband keeps getting quicker every year, but parts of the country continue to be left behind.
“Residents of this year’s fastest street, Murrayfield Terrace, could download a film in 62 seconds – where it would take those living in Grant Road more than 41 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 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 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.”
Scotland’s ten slowest streets for broadband:
- Grant Road, Banchory – 0.28mbps
- Berriedale – 0.40mbps
- Earlish, Portree – 0.83mbps
- Rolland Avenue, East Weymss, Kirkcaldy – 0.96mbps
Houstoun Gardens, Uphall, Broxburn – 0.98mbps
- Portlethen, Erskine – 1.18mbps
- Duncan Drive, Elgin – 1.34mbps
- Bunloit, Drumnadrochit, Inverness – 1.35mbps
- Clayton Caravan Park, St Andrew – 1.67mbps
- East Park Street, Huntly – 1.69mbps
Scotland’s ten fastest streets for broadband:
- Murrayfield Terrace, Bannockburn, Stirling – 665mbps
- Dalhousie Crescent, Dalkeith – 576mbps
- Raith Drive, Cumbernauld, Glasgow – 536mbps
- Harmony Street, Bonnyrigg – 529mbps
- Abbotsford Avenue, Hamilton – 473mbps
- Ruchill Street, Glasgow – 420mbps
- Skylands Rise, Hamilton – 389mbps
- Tower Place, Edinburgh – 371mbps
- Paterson Drive, Dumfries – 313mbps
- Galashiels Avenue, Chapelhall, Airdrie – 311mbps