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The early bird catches the broadband

Working early

What’s your morning routine – a leisurely breakfast and a nice cup of freshly brewed coffee? Or do you make the most of the off peak broadband speeds to get your house or business in order? That’s the case for the locals living in Abererch, Gwynedd…

I’m sure we’ve all experienced the frustration of slow broadband – whether you’re paying your bills and checking your online banking or streaming your latest box set.

But getting up at 4am, because it’s the only time your broadband connection is reliable, to send emails and manage your business, just isn’t acceptable.

Access to superfast broadband

The broadband figures, revealed by the House of Commons, show seven of the top ten areas for the worst speeds in the UK are in Wales.

The government has recommended that the lowest acceptable download speed is 10Mbps, but Abererch was recorded as having a speed of just 2Mbps.

Liz Saville Roberts MP, for Dwyfor Meirionnydd, said:

‘These figures serve to reaffirm the disproportionate divide between those areas which are able to access superfast broadband and those rural communities struggling to achieve the Government’s own baseline download speed.’

However, BT Openreach said:

‘Contrary to reports – the village of Abererch has had access to the fastest available broadband speeds in the UK since June last year. A majority of premises have access to fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) technology– offering ultrafast speeds of up to 1Gbps, with further engineering work underway to connect up remaining properties.’

The reality of broadband speed

We are increasingly finding that the speeds promised by broadband providers are not always those experienced in reality. And this has become the motivation for our upcoming campaign – painting a true picture of broadband speeds across the UK and using that evidence to tackle the issue.

After successfully lobbying for misleading ‘up to’ advertising speeds to be changed over the last two years, we’re looking at what else can be done to tackle the frustration of poor speeds like those experienced by the people of Abererch, Gwynedd.

There will be more to come next week, but in the meantime, we thought you’d like a sneak preview of our new and improved speed checker and our new broadband speed complaint tool before we reveal all next week…

So, do you find your broadband sluggish? How do slower broadband speeds affect you?

Kevin Jacobs says:
Today 12:57

I am meant to be on a Virgin 200Mbps Fibre connection.
There are many speed checking applications available but they give very differing readings. I wonder if its the servers they use as some are abroad.
I have been doing test for the last week using the following three speed checkers, all within a 2 minute band in a group of three bands, altering their order each time so each checker goes first, second and third in each group.
They are the Which Checker, Ookla checker and Broadband checker. I wonder why there is such a large discrepancy between them. The Ookla suggest i am getting close to what i am paying for where as the other two seem to suggest i am getting between two and four times less than what i am paying for. The following are the average results using this order:- Latency, Download Mbps, Upload Mbps
Which 181.89ms, 61.09Mbps, 14.11Mbps.
Broadband 286.22ms, 85.09Mbps, 26.58Mbps,
Ookla 15.56ms, 221.35Mbps, 12.31Mbps

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Kevin -your right about the servers but click on : http://testmy.net read up on it > use it> then tell me the results . I may say to you , it isnt always the nearest server that your ISP uses but , in my case , I am quite happy with BT,s speed. So it makes you think. By the way Kevin after a dispute between Ookla and Airtel-Jio (India ) Ookla has admitted that users of smartphones with multiple sims will not get accurate results as well as the Android platform – they blame ” inadequacies ” in Android. This nearly developed into a law suite but in the end the truth was admitted.