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New Broadband Index Ranks 334 UK Areas by Average DL Speed

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020 (8:50 am) - Score 3,367
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Comparison site Comparethemarket.com has posted an updated analysis of Ofcom’s Connected Nations 2019 data (here), which uses information supplied by UK ISPs to rank 334 local authorities by their average broadband download speed. Naturally Hull (East Yorkshire) tops the list with 131.4Mbps and the biggest annual rise of 54.9Mbps.

Meanwhile, at the other end of the scale, the Orkney Islands (Scotland) were noted to be the slowest local authority with an average speed of 28.7Mbps, although they did see an annual performance improvement of 6Mbps. By comparison Daventry (Northamptonshire) recorded a respectable average of 46.1Mbps, but they were also the least improved and indeed reported a negative fall of -14.7Mbps over the year.

Nobody will be surprised to see Hull in the top position here because last year saw KCOM complete their initial £85m Lightstream programme, which has spent several years deploying 1Gbps capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) technology across virtually their entire network patch of c.200,000 premises. The operator is now expanding this outward into new areas as part of a fresh investment of £100m (here).

The average speeds being reported here appear to be based on Ofcom’s Connected Nations 2019 report (here), which used data supplied by UK ISPs and based “on the number of connections providing an active broadband service.” Sadly upload speeds were not considered.

One key caveat above is that the average may not reflect the best possible speed available in each area, but rather the take-up of different packages (e.g. an ISP may offer 1Gbps plans but consumers could be taking slower tiers and that would reduce the average).

The Results

Take note that the following table is ranked by average download speed for 2019, although it excludes any mention of Bournemouth, Poole or Christchurch in Dorset because those three local authorities were combined into a single authority last year and unfortunately this skews the data (hopefully Dorset will be represented again in the future).

On top of that London’s various Boroughs only appear in their own table, although at the time of checking that list appeared to be blank (they’ve since fixed it). Despite this Camden is said to have seen the biggest rise from 56.7Mbps in 2018 to 77.7Mbps in 2019 (annual improvement of 21Mbps), while the City of London only saw an annual improvement of 7.3Mbps to reach an average of 24.4Mbps.

Rank Local Authority County 2018 Avg. Mbps 2019 Avg. Mbps Yearly Change (Mbps)
1 Kingston upon Hull East Riding of Yorkshire 76.5 131.4 54.9
2 Corby Northamptonshire 55.8 92.9 37.1
3 West Dunbartonshire West Dunbartonshire 74.5 92.4 17.9
4 Stevenage Hertfordshire 73.2 90.4 17.2
5 Harlow Essex 71.2 88.6 17.4
6 Crawley West Sussex 67.4 88.4 21
7 North East Lincolnshire Lincolnshire 73.5 88.3 14.8
8 Lancaster Lancashire 68.4 87.4 19
9 Rushmoor Hampshire 70.2 85.5 15.3
10 Luton Bedfordshire 68 84.2 16.2
11 Lincoln Lincolnshire 69.8 84 14.2
12 Portsmouth Hampshire 66.4 83.7 17.3
13 Hartlepool County Durham 70.6 83.6 13
14 Gloucester Gloucestershire 69.4 83.5 14.1
15 Inverclyde Inverclyde 65.3 83.4 18.1
16 Brighton and Hove East Sussex 66.9 83.4 16.5
17 South Gloucestershire Gloucestershire 64.1 82.7 18.6
18 Broxbourne Hertfordshire 66 82.6 16.6
19 Cambridge Cambridgeshire 66.6 82.6 16
20 Worthing West Sussex 65.3 82.2 16.9
21 Stockton-on-Tees County Durham 67.8 82.1 14.3
22 Plymouth Devon 67.5 82 14.5
23 Dundee City Dundee 66.7 81.5 14.8
24 Bristol Bristol 66.6 81.3 14.7
25 Broxtowe Nottinghamshire 68.3 81.1 12.8
26 Hart Hampshire 60.7 81 20.3
27 Surrey Heath Surrey 63 80.9 17.9
28 Nottingham Nottinghamshire 66 80.8 14.8
29 Watford Hertfordshire 64.7 80.5 15.8
30 Redcar and Cleveland North Yorkshire 67.7 80.5 12.8
31 Falkirk Falkirk 66.2 80.4 14.2
32 St. Helens Merseyside 63.6 80.3 16.7
33 Medway Kent 65.7 80.1 14.4
34 Middlesbrough North Yorkshire 66.4 80.1 13.7
35 Belfast Belfast 64.7 79.8 15.1
36 Woking Surrey 64.8 79.8 15
37 Adur West Sussex 66.2 79.5 13.3
38 North Lanarkshire North Lanarkshire 62.8 79.4 16.6
39 Redditch Worcestershire 62.8 79.4 16.6
40 Darlington County Durham 65.8 79.3 13.5
41 Gedling Nottinghamshire 65.2 78.7 13.5
42 East Dunbartonshire East Dunbartonshire 64.2 78.3 14.1
43 Peterborough Cambridgeshire 59.6 77.8 18.2
44 Solihull West Midlands 62.2 77.6 15.4
45 Three Rivers Hertfordshire 63.2 77.6 14.4
46 City of Edinburgh Edinburgh 63.1 77.4 14.3
47 Havant Hampshire 65.2 77.4 12.2
48 Tamworth Staffordshire 59.5 77.2 17.7
49 Ashfield Nottinghamshire 65 77 12
50 Renfrewshire Renfrewshire 59.4 76.8 17.4
51 Stockport Greater Manchester 63.4 76.7 13.3
52 Northampton Northamptonshire 62 76.4 14.4
53 Oxford Oxfordshire 62.9 76.4 13.5
54 Bedford Bedfordshire 58.3 76.2 17.9
55 Cardiff Cardiff 61 76.1 15.1
56 Derby Derbyshire 64 76.1 12.1
57 Dudley West Midlands 60.2 76 15.8
58 Gosport Hampshire 62.8 75.9 13.1
59 Hertsmere Hertfordshire 60.8 75.6 14.8
60 Leicester Leicestershire 61.4 75.6 14.2
61 Rushcliffe Nottinghamshire 61.4 75.6 14.2
62 Thurrock Essex 57.7 75.3 17.6
63 Wigan Lancashire 61.6 75.3 13.7
64 Guildford Surrey 61.6 75.3 13.7
65 Cheltenham Gloucestershire 60.7 75.2 14.5
66 St Albans Hertfordshire 60.7 75 14.3
67 Swindon Wiltshire 58.4 74.9 16.5
68 Mansfield Nottinghamshire 61.7 74.9 13.2
69 East Renfrewshire East Renfrewshire 60.3 74.6 14.3
70 Wolverhampton West Midlands 60.5 74.6 14.1
71 Elmbridge Surrey 60.8 74.5 13.7
72 Reading Berkshire 59.5 74.4 14.9
73 Knowsley Merseyside 59.9 74.4 14.5
74 Birmingham West Midlands 59 74.1 15.1
75 Welwyn Hatfield Hertfordshire 60.1 73.9 13.8
76 South Tyneside Tyne & Wear 63.7 73.9 10.2
77 Exeter Devon 59.1 73.8 14.7
78 Fareham Hampshire 61.5 73.8 12.3
79 Epsom and Ewell Surrey 58.4 73.4 15
80 Swansea Swansea 59.7 73.3 13.6
81 Test Valley Hampshire 48.2 72.7 24.5
82 Norwich Norfolk 60.3 72.5 12.2
83 Ipswich Suffolk 59.5 72.3 12.8
84 Southampton Hampshire 56.3 72 15.7
85 Epping Forest Essex 65 71.9 6.9
86 Telford and Wrekin Shropshire 56.7 71.7 15
87 North Hertfordshire Hertfordshire 58.5 71.6 13.1
88 Halton Cheshire 57.9 71.4 13.5
89 Stoke-on-Trent Staffordshire 59.3 71 11.7
90 Nuneaton and Bedworth Warwickshire 59.5 71 11.5
91 Runnymede Surrey 56.6 70.7 14.1
92 Liverpool Merseyside 56.6 70.6 14
93 Dacorum Hertfordshire 57.2 70.5 13.3
94 Bolton Greater Manchester 57.9 70.4 12.5
95 Charnwood Leicestershire 56.2 70.1 13.9
96 South Lanarkshire South Lanarkshire 56.4 70.1 13.7
97 Erewash Derbyshire 58.9 70.1 11.2
98 Warrington Cheshire 57.1 69.8 12.7
99 Trafford Greater Manchester 55.7 69.7 14
100 Kettering Northamptonshire 59 69.7 10.7
101 Oadby and Wigston Leicestershire 56.4 69.6 13.2
102 West Berkshire Berkshire 60.1 69.4 9.3
103 Bracknell Forest Berkshire 56.3 69.1 12.8
104 North West Leicestershire Leicestershire 56.7 69.1 12.4
105 Slough Berkshire 54 68.7 14.7
106 Newport Newport 56.5 68.7 12.2
107 Salford Greater Manchester 54.3 68.6 14.3
108 Sefton Merseyside 55.4 68.6 13.2
109 Burnley Lancashire 56.8 68.5 11.7
110 Aylesbury Vale Buckinghamshire 62.3 68.2 5.9
111 Reigate and Banstead Surrey 54.6 68 13.4
112 Vale of White Horse Oxfordshire 61.6 67.9 6.3
113 East Riding of Yorkshire East Riding of Yorkshire 51.4 67.8 16.4
114 Coventry West Midlands 52 67.8 15.8
115 Basildon Essex 54.4 67.8 13.4
116 Dartford Kent 44.1 67.7 23.6
117 Spelthorne Surrey 53.4 67.6 14.2
118 Warwick Warwickshire 55.1 67.5 12.4
119 Neath Port Talbot Neath Port Talbot 55.7 67.5 11.8
120 Gravesham Kent 53.5 67.2 13.7
121 East Hertfordshire Hertfordshire 53.9 67.2 13.3
122 Blackpool Lancashire 53.2 66.9 13.7
123 Central Bedfordshire Bedfordshire 53.7 66.8 13.1
124 Oldham Greater Manchester 53.9 66.8 12.9
125 Walsall West Midlands 52.1 66.7 14.6
126 Wokingham Berkshire 55.3 66.6 11.3
127 Stafford Staffordshire 53.5 66.3 12.8
128 Blaby Leicestershire 47.1 66.2 19.1
129 Preston Lancashire 53 66.2 13.2
130 North Tyneside Tyne & Wear 54.5 65.9 11.4
131 Sandwell West Midlands 52.1 65.6 13.5
132 Leeds West Yorkshire 52.4 65.6 13.2
133 Southend-on-Sea Essex 53.7 65.4 11.7
134 Gateshead Tyne & Wear 54 65.4 11.4
135 Wellingborough Northamptonshire 52.8 64.8 12
136 Colchester Essex 50.1 64.7 14.6
137 Glasgow Glasgow 46.8 64.6 17.8
138 Hinckley and Bosworth Leicestershire 52.6 64.6 12
139 South Cambridgeshire Cambridgeshire 52.5 64.2 11.7
140 South Ribble Lancashire 53.2 64.2 11
141 Newcastle-under-Lyme Staffordshire 51.1 63.9 12.8
142 Craven North Yorkshire 48.6 63 14.4
143 Bradford West Yorkshire 51.2 62.9 11.7
144 Lichfield Staffordshire 50.1 62.5 12.4
145 Blackburn with Darwen Lancashire 49.7 62.3 12.6
146 East Northamptonshire Northamptonshire 50.7 62.2 11.5
147 Rugby Warwickshire 50.6 62 11.4
148 Tonbridge and Malling Kent 49.6 61.4 11.8
149 Newcastle upon Tyne Tyne & Wear 49.8 61.2 11.4
150 West Lothian West Lothian 45.9 61.1 15.2
151 Maidstone Kent 49.1 61.1 12
152 Lisburn and Castlereagh Lisburn and Castlereagh 49.1 60.9 11.8
153 Basingstoke and Deane Hampshire 47 60.8 13.8
154 Mole Valley Surrey 49.4 60.8 11.4
155 Derry and Strabane Derry and Strabane 46.3 60.7 14.4
156 Kirklees West Yorkshire 48.8 60.7 11.9
157 North Lincolnshire Lincolnshire 49.8 60.7 10.9
158 Tewkesbury Gloucestershire 47 60.6 13.6
159 Hyndburn Lancashire 49.1 60.6 11.5
160 Antrim and Newtownabbey Antrim and Newtownabbey 47.5 60.4 12.9
161 Wirral Merseyside 48.3 60.3 12
162 Harrogate North Yorkshire 48.7 60.2 11.5
163 Vale of Glamorgan Vale of Glamorgan 48.9 60.1 11.2
164 South Lakeland Cumbria 42.7 59.9 17.2
165 Newark and Sherwood Nottinghamshire 48.6 59.9 11.3
166 Sunderland Tyne & Wear 49.5 59.9 10.4
167 Huntingdonshire Cambridgeshire 49.6 59.8 10.2
168 Ards and North Down Ards and North Down 37 59.7 22.7
169 Eastleigh Hampshire 48.4 59.7 11.3
170 Manchester Greater Manchester 45.8 59.6 13.8
171 Great Yarmouth Norfolk 47.3 59.6 12.3
172 Rochdale Greater Manchester 46.7 59.5 12.8
173 Wyre Forest Worcestershire 47.4 59.4 12
174 Ashford Kent 45.9 58.7 12.8
175 Chorley Lancashire 48.4 58.1 9.7
176 North Kesteven Lincolnshire 47.2 57.9 10.7
177 Melton Leicestershire 48.2 57.8 9.6
178 Castle Point Essex 46.1 57.7 11.6
179 Windsor and Maidenhead Berkshire 46.4 57.3 10.9
180 West Oxfordshire Oxfordshire 44.7 57.1 12.4
181 Chiltern Buckinghamshire 47.7 57.1 9.4
182 Cherwell Oxfordshire 48 56.6 8.6
183 Fife Fife 43.4 56.5 13.1
184 Rotherham South Yorkshire 43.8 56.3 12.5
185 Chelmsford Essex 44.9 56.3 11.4
186 Tandridge Surrey 45 56.2 11.2
187 York North Yorkshire 44 56.1 12.1
188 Tameside Greater Manchester 43.5 55.8 12.3
189 Rutland Rutland 40.8 54.9 14.1
190 Bury Lancashire 43.8 54.9 11.1
191 Bath and North East Somerset Somerset 41.5 54.8 13.3
192 Winchester Hampshire 41.9 54.4 12.5
193 Swale Kent 44.1 54.4 10.3
194 South Oxfordshire Oxfordshire 47.6 53.6 6
195 Wiltshire Wiltshire 56.1 53.6 -2.5
196 Pendle Lancashire 43.8 53.3 9.5
197 Fenland Cambridgeshire 38.3 53.1 14.8
198 Dover Dover 39.4 53.1 13.7
199 Bromsgrove Worcestershire 40.3 52.6 12.3
200 South Ayrshire South Ayrshire 40.4 52.5 12.1
201 Folkestone & Hythe Kent 58.6 52.3 -6.3
202 Torbay Devon 40.2 52.2 12
203 Torfaen Torfaen 40.7 52 11.3
204 Broadland Norfolk 41.6 52 10.4
205 Tunbridge Wells Kent 41.7 52 10.3
206 Barnsley South Yorkshire 41.3 51.9 10.6
207 Doncaster South Yorkshire 39.7 51.1 11.4
208 Sheffield South Yorkshire 43 51.1 8.1
209 Harborough Leicestershire 40.5 50.9 10.4
210 South Bucks Buckinghamshire 38.7 50.7 12
211 East Cambridgeshire Cambridgeshire 40.9 50.4 9.5
212 Perth and Kinross Perth and Kinross 41.1 50.4 9.3
213 South Kesteven Lincolnshire 42.6 50.4 7.8
214 Rossendale Lancashire 42.1 50.3 8.2
215 Wakefield West Yorkshire 39.1 50.1 11
216 Sevenoaks Kent 46 49.8 3.8
217 East Hampshire Hampshire 39.6 49.7 10.1
218 Calderdale West Yorkshire 39.9 49.7 9.8
219 South Derbyshire Derbyshire 36.1 49.6 13.5
220 Carlisle Cumbria 38.5 49.6 11.1
221 Wycombe Buckinghamshire 39 49.2 10.2
222 Cheshire East Cheshire 40.3 49.1 8.8
223 East Ayrshire East Ayrshire 38.1 48.4 10.3
224 Cannock Chase Staffordshire 38.7 47.7 9
225 North Somerset Somerset 37.9 47.2 9.3
226 Milton Keynes Buckinghamshire 33.9 46.9 13
227 North Warwickshire Warwickshire 35.4 46.9 11.5
228 South Northamptonshire Northamptonshire 35.5 46.8 11.3
229 Chesterfield Derbyshire 37.7 46.7 9
230 Thanet Kent 30.1 46.5 16.4
231 Staffordshire Moorlands Staffordshire 38.1 46.5 8.4
232 Bolsover Derbyshire 38.6 46.5 7.9
233 Teignbridge Devon 37.5 46.3 8.8
234 Uttlesford Essex 33.5 46.2 12.7
235 Stratford-on-Avon Warwickshire 36.9 46.1 9.2
236 Daventry Northamptonshire 60.8 46.1 -14.7
237 Fylde Lancashire 37.2 45.8 8.6
238 East Devon Devon 31.9 45 13.1
239 Isles of Scilly Isles of Scilly 38.1 44.8 6.7
240 Cheshire West and Chester Cheshire 36.6 44.7 8.1
241 South Staffordshire Staffordshire 30.6 44.5 13.9
242 North Ayrshire North Ayrshire 33.6 44.5 10.9
243 West Lindsey Lincolnshire 36.9 44.5 7.6
244 Waverley Surrey 37.3 44.4 7.1
245 Midlothian Midlothian 28.2 44.2 16
246 Causeway Coast and Glens Causeway Coast and Glens 34.7 43.8 9.1
247 West Somerset Somerset 28.4 43.7 15.3
248 Mid Sussex West Sussex 33.9 43.4 9.5
249 Worcester Worcestershire 34.7 43.4 8.7
250 Rhondda Cynon Taf Rhondda Cynon Taf 33.9 43.2 9.3
251 Wrexham Wrexham 30.3 43.1 12.8
252 Mid and East Antrim Mid and East Antrim 33 42.9 9.9
253 Bassetlaw Nottinghamshire 33.5 42.5 9
254 New Forest Hampshire 33.5 42.4 8.9
255 Sedgemoor Somerset 30.1 42.2 12.1
256 Stroud Gloucestershire 37.2 42 4.8
257 Amber Valley Derbyshire 29.6 41.9 12.3
258 Horsham West Sussex 33.4 41.9 8.5
259 Mendip Somerset 34.7 41.9 7.2
260 Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon 32.5 41.8 9.3
261 Lewes East Sussex 30.4 41.7 11.3
262 Angus Angus 33.5 41.4 7.9
263 Rochford Essex 30.7 41.3 10.6
264 Copeland Cumbria 31 41.1 10.1
265 Ribble Valley Lancashire 31.7 41.1 9.4
266 East Staffordshire Staffordshire 31.3 40.5 9.2
267 Hambleton North Yorkshire 32.8 40.5 7.7
268 South Norfolk Norfolk 30.2 40.2 10
269 Bridgend Bridgend 30.8 40.2 9.4
270 East Lindsey Lincolnshire 31.1 40.1 9
271 Caerphilly Caerphilly 30.4 39.9 9.5
272 Brentwood Essex 31.6 39.9 8.3
273 Wychavon Worcestershire 32.1 39.9 7.8
274 Barrow-in-Furness Cumbria 33.2 39.7 6.5
275 Chichester West Sussex 30 39.4 9.4
276 West Lancashire Lancashire 29.6 39.3 9.7
277 Eastbourne East Sussex 32 39.1 7.1
278 South Hams Devon 29.8 38.9 9.1
279 Babergh Suffolk 46.3 38.8 -7.5
280 County Durham County Durham 30.8 38.5 7.7
281 Newry, Mourne and Down Newry, Mourne and Down 32.2 38.5 6.3
282 Merthyr Tydfil Merthyr Tydfil 29.1 38.4 9.3
283 Pembrokeshire Pembrokeshire 30.9 38.4 7.5
284 Conwy Conwy 29.9 38.2 8.3
285 Shropshire Shropshire 30 37.8 7.8
286 Braintree Essex 29.6 37.7 8.1
287 Wealden East Sussex 31.1 37.7 6.6
288 Flintshire Flintshire 30.5 37.6 7.1
289 Ryedale North Yorkshire 31.4 37.4 6
290 Mid Ulster Mid Ulster 32 37.3 5.3
291 Allerdale Cumbria 29.6 37 7.4
292 Arun West Sussex 29.8 37 7.2
293 Clackmannanshire Clackmannanshire 30.3 37 6.7
294 Wyre Lancashire 30.4 37 6.6
295 North East Derbyshire Derbyshire 29.2 36.9 7.7
296 Herefordshire Herefordshire 29.2 36.9 7.7
297 King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Norfolk 29.6 36.9 7.3
298 Fermanagh and Omagh Fermanagh and Omagh 29.9 36.9 7
299 Na h-Eileanan Siar Na h-Eileanan Siar 29.4 36.8 7.4
300 Northumberland Northumberland 30 36.8 6.8
301 North Devon Devon 30.3 36.8 6.5
302 Maldon Essex 28 36.7 8.7
303 Selby North Yorkshire 30.1 36.7 6.6
304 Mid Suffolk Suffolk 27.9 36.6 8.7
305 Rother East Sussex 29.9 36.6 6.7
306 Isle of Wight Isle of Wight 30.4 36.6 6.2
307 Scarborough North Yorkshire 31 36.6 5.6
308 Hastings East Sussex 30.2 36.5 6.3
309 Breckland Norfolk 28.9 36.3 7.4
310 Aberdeen Aberdeen 29.2 36.2 7
311 Denbighshire Denbighshire 28.8 36 7.2
312 South Somerset Somerset 29.5 36 6.5
313 North Norfolk Norfolk 28.7 35.9 7.2
314 Isle of Anglesey Isle of Anglesey 29.4 35.9 6.5
315 Monmouthshire Monmouthshire 28.5 35.8 7.3
316 Eden Cumbria 28.7 35.8 7.1
317 Boston Leicestershire 29.4 35.7 6.3
318 Carmarthenshire Carmarthenshire 27.3 35.5 8.2
319 Malvern Hills Worcestershire 28.3 35.5 7.2
320 High Peak Derbyshire 29 35.5 6.5
321 Tendring Essex 27.9 35.4 7.5
322 Stirling Stirling 28.3 35.4 7.1
323 Canterbury Kent 29.1 35.3 6.2
324 Blaenau Gwent Blaenau Gwent 28.9 35.1 6.2
325 Scottish Borders Scottish Borders 27.9 35 7.1
326 Moray Moray 28 35 7
327 Richmondshire North Yorkshire 28.9 35 6.1
328 Torridge Devon 28.1 34.7 6.6
329 Gwynedd Gwynedd 28.9 34.6 5.7
330 Aberdeenshire Aberdeenshire 27.6 34.4 6.8
331 South Holland Lincolnshire 28.2 34.4 6.2
332 Argyll and Bute Argyll and Bute 26.7 34.3 7.6
333 Derbyshire Dales Derbyshire 27.1 34.2 7.1
334 Dumfries and Galloway Dumfries and Galloway 27.1 34.1 7
335 East Lothian East Lothian 27.2 34.1 6.9
336 Shetland Islands Shetland Islands 26.3 33.6 7.3
337 Highland Highland 26.9 33.6 6.7
338 West Devon Devon 26.6 32.7 6.1
339 Cornwall Cornwall 27.6 32.7 5.1
340 Mid Devon Devon 30.9 31.9 1
341 Powys Powys 24.5 31.5 7
342 Ceredigion Ceredigion 25.5 31.5 6
343 Forest of Dean Gloucestershire 25 30.9 5.9
344 Orkney Islands Orkney Islands 22.7 28.7 6

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16 Responses
  1. Avatar Ll says:

    Anyone knows how Daventry decreased by 14.7?

    1. Avatar gerarda says:

      Assuming its not simply a mistake,possibly because Ofcom changed the basis on which they calculate premises
      T
      heir use of mean average speed rather than median doesnt help either, but probably couldnt cause that sort of change

    2. Avatar Granola says:

      Geographically Daventry has a couple of tiny pockets of FTTP/Virgin availability in a large coverage area.
      I presume a good take-up FTTP/Virgin for those areas have put the average up and now most new connections won’t be in those areas and are dragging the average back down.

  2. Avatar AnotherTim says:

    No surprise to see the Forest of Dean in 343rd place. I expect Orkney to overtake FoD in the next ranking.
    However, I expect Fastershire and Gigaclear will still win more awards for their amazing progress.

  3. Avatar New_Londoner says:

    I assume that Ofcom used data from around mid 2019, following the pattern in its previous reports? If so, some people with time on their hands have published a table based on data that is around ten months old in order to generate a press release, perhaps not the best use of their talents!

    And let’s not forget that this data gives a view on average speeds achieved and shed’s no light on what is actually available should people want to invest a little more to improve performance. So it’s both out of date and not especially insightful either.

    1. Avatar Bob says:

      Excellent points, I couldnt agree more!

  4. Avatar Alec Broughton says:

    Interesting to see an increase of only 1Mb average for mid-devon, confirming the total lack of delivery on schemes over that period by CDS and validating a total lack of progress overall for rural areas, where as those who already have a high averages seeing the largest gains

  5. Avatar Guy Cashmore says:

    Odd that Cornwall is 339th given all the EU money that went to installing FTTP.

    1. Avatar Andrew Ferguson says:

      Not odd at all for Cornwall when you look at what people are buying i.e. even when FTTP available the entry level package dominates i.e. 40/10 and 55/10

      Its worth spending some time looking at https://labs.thinkbroadband.com/local/cornwall,E06000052 and the speed test results this shows product split seen and average speeds for those products. Probably should one day write a 300 page document on all the observations you can draw from the data.

      Those with much higher speeds tend to be those with virgin media or where fttp has an entry level speed of 100 Mbps or higher

    2. Avatar gerarda says:

      That’s the problem of having an expensive product in a poor county.
      Andrew
      Do you have any breakdown of which speed package those using FTTP have taken?

  6. Avatar Dave says:

    Thank you for publishing the figures
    Average download speeds are useful, while not giving a true picture as this is pretty well impossible to achieve as OR etc don’t release all their figure.
    It highlights the pretty poor state of affairs in my locality, in the > 300 group.

  7. Avatar K.Calder says:

    I live in Moray and get 80/20 and have done for the past 4 years so can’t see why Moray is showing so low.

    1. Avatar Andrew Ferguson says:

      You may be able to get that speed but not everyone can

      https://labs.thinkbroadband.com/local/S12000020

      87.7% superfast coverage and even if everyone bought the fastest product available to them mean average would be 70 Mbps.

      West Dunbartonshire has better coverage and lots of ultrafast too, so best case mean is 451 Mbps

    2. Avatar Gary says:

      I’m in your area and have had a shade over a 1 M connection ever since adsl first went live. Its people like me with the worst connections that skew the results, along with people who can upgrade but dont.

      Averages are generally pointless in comparisons.

  8. Avatar Keith Alger says:

    I’d be interested in what type of average was used for the table. Based on personal experience the figures for the average in the area in which I live seem high – but that maybe that I only get to see other peoples connection speeds when they are already having problems!

  9. Avatar Helen Ayres says:

    Unfortunately these figures are rather meaningless, as they cover such a wide area…

    I live in Ashford – ranked 174 on this list, and showing average speeds of 58.7.

    Ashford is a large borough, a fair chunk of it being in the Weald of Kent, where I live.

    Here, my speed is luck to reach 11 Mbps on a fair day with the wind behind me. No fibre here, no Virgin Media as they won’t lay cabling outside of the *town* of Ashford, where I imagine most of the 58.7 has come from. Loads of new housing being built in our smaller town of currently approx 9,000 people. No sustainable services to support the increase – wifi included.

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