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RightMove Make Showing Typical Broadband Speeds for UK Homes Permanent

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014 (3:05 pm) - Score 1,117

The popular online property sales database, RightMove, has confirmed that their service for displaying the “typical” broadband ISP speeds at each of the 1 million+ homes listed on its website in the United Kingdom has now left the trial phase and become a permanent feature.

RightMove first began showing estimated copper line based broadband (ADSL/ADSL2+) ISP speeds in 2011 (here), which was enhanced last October 2013 by using data from Point Topic to improve the output. The development formed part of a successful two month trial and the service is now being formally introduced to help new home buyers.

The property giant claims that the new information is already proving popular and has been attracting over 400,000 page views a month. A separate survey of 3,000 RightMove users also found that broadband details were ranked as a more important feature, when searching for property, than information on transport links and nearby schools.

Bernard Phillips, Head of Consumer Platforms at Rightmove, said:

We’re always considering new developments to our website and mobile platforms, to make sure we provide Rightmove users with the best property search experience and because we understand the benefits these have for our customers.

The trial exceeded our expectations so it’s become a permanent addition that further enhances our listings. We already offer a number of tools to help consumers make informed decisions about a property including local schools and transport links, and we’re pleased to be the first to add data on broadband, something that has become ingrained in people’s lives and an important factor when choosing a home.”

Visitors who use the free service can discover the average broadband speed in Megabits / sec (Mbps) that each property is able to deliver and whether or not it’s in an area where an upgrade to superfast broadband has become available.

Now if they could just make sure that the data being used was bang up-to-date, instead of from 30th June 2013, then it would be even more useful. As usual it’s always a good idea to check with an ISP first as their coverage data is likely to be more current.

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Mark Jackson
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8 Responses
  1. Avatar DTMark

    I’m wondering where they get the data from. It isn’t “estimated copper line speeds”, because if it were reading from the BT Wholesale checker, the results would be much higher than they are.

    Checking three properties round here rather cynically expecting rather optimistic results based on said checker, actually, the figures are about right – 1.8Meg, 1.7Meg, 1.6Meg. The figures on the Wholesale checker are, respectively, 3Meg, 5Meg and 6Meg. The difference is caused by poor quality line plant and the gap between line speed and attainable data rate.

    How does it get these results? “To test the speed of a connection, we bombard it with little pulses of data and see how quickly they come back to us.” – I doubt it. Is it based on the Ookla speedtest results perchance?

    It does fail somewhat in the presentation of results. For my parents place it says 1Meg. Which would be ADSL and probably optimistic at that. Maybe it can’t show below 1Meg.

    Most people would click away immediately, yet, further down the page, it does correctly detect that it’s cabled and 100Meg is actually available. I can see a few estate agents having a problem with that presentation.

  2. Avatar FibreFred

    Poor

    Why don’t they give an estimate on the superfast speeds when available?

    If I check a property in my area it says 2.21Mbps and then says superfast is available

    So… check that as well?

  3. Maybe because they want to reflect a known quantity rather than a service that hasn’t been taken on the line before. At least it tells you that superfast is available, despite being out-of-date.

    • Avatar gerarda

      @Fibre fred – if you go to point topics site you can find out the limitations placed on the data by BT not disclosing their infrastructure locations

    • Avatar FibreFred

      Do you need that info ?

      The wholesale checker can take a house no and postcode which right move will have , they would be better off using that than point topic?

    • Avatar gerarda

      The wholesale checker is a) inaccurate (eg seems to always claim a minimum 1mb service is available) b) gives a broad range and c) doesn’t show where LLU allows other ISPs to offer a faster service.

    • Avatar DTMark

      It’s a bit of a dilemma as to what to show. It doesn’t seem to take altnets or wireless tech into account. Trying postcodes around here I can’t find a result better than 2.21Meg. But then there aren’t many houses on there. Actually the village ADSL average is 2.5Meg. It *is* very representative of ADSL.

      However if it did take 3G and 4G into account, the postcodes ought to be showing much nearer about 20Meg. I suspect estate agents will take an interest in discovering these options and pointing them out.

      If 4G’s performance falls due to take up that would be correctly reflected because it’s based on what is actually being delivered. Which is all that really matters.

      But then if it’s postcode based, this could be meaningless for VDSL and cable. The postcode average might be 30Meg so you buy, find you’re on the “wrong side of the street”, and can barely manage 1Meg.

      Somewhere there’s some scope for a national availability checker which would feed sites like that one and enable anyone at a glance to see what is actually available at any one specific property.

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