Some BT, Virgin Media and Sky customers just received the broadband news they wanted

Some BT, Virgin Media and Sky customers just received the broadband news they wanted

Some broadband users across the UK – including those who access the web via BT, Virgin and Sky – have just got some good news. According to a new report from comparethemarket.com, it appears a number of areas across Britain have seen a rapid boost to internet speeds over the past year with some homes now able to download files at a much quicker pace.

Coming top of the speed league was Hull in Yorkshire who saw the biggest improvements between 2018 and 2019.

This part of the UK witnessed bitrates rise by over 50Mbps which now gives Hull an average of 131Mbps.

At that rate, you’d be able to download a blockbuster HD movie in around five minutes.

Other areas that have seen things get better include Corby, Test Valley, Dartford plus Ards and North Down.

Here’s how these UK areas compare:

Kingston upon Hull
2018 speeds • 76.5Mbps – 2019 speed – 131.4Mbps

Corby
2018 speeds • 55.8Mbps – 2019 speed – 92.9Mbps

Test Valley
2018 speeds • 48.2 Mbps – 2019 speed • 72.7Mbps

Dartford
2018 speeds • 44.1Mbps – 2019 speed • 67.7Mbps

Ards and North Down
2018 speeds • 37Mbps – 2019 speed • 59.7 Mbps

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A total of 340 areas saw an increase in speeds and you check to see how your town or city compares here.

Along with checking speeds across the whole of the UK, comparethemarket.com also focused on how well London is performing.

According to this latest research, it seems Camden has seen the biggest boost with speeds increasing by 21Mbps to an average of 77.7Mbps.

This was followed by Kensington and Chelsea with residents in this part of the capital seeing things get change by 18.9Mbps to 77.5Mbps.

Although this is good news for some, it appears not everyone has seen a boost a broadband connection.

Unfortunately, but perhaps unsurprisingly, it’s the most rural communities that are being left behind. The Orkney Islands in Scotland has the highest proportion of properties that fall below this standard, followed by other rural areas in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, such as Argyll and Bute, the Shetland Islands and Na h-Eileanan Siar (aka the Outer Hebrides).

Speaking about the news Holly Niblett, Head of Digital at comparethemarket.com said: “With the UK on lockdown, internet connectivity is more important than ever, whether it be for working from home or streaming movies and TV shows. While it is encouraging that broadband speed has improved in some parts of the country, there is still some way to go.

“Whilst the government recently pledged to increase broadband infrastructure spending, there are still hundreds of thousands of homes without decent broadband and the vast majority of these are in remote areas.

“With a significant number of people now working from home, lack of connectivity could be a serious cause for concern.”

Published at Wed, 22 Apr 2020 05:24:00 +0000