UK’s ‘worst street for broadband’ revealed where it takes 65 hours to download a film

The UK’s ‘worst street for broadband’ has been revealed with average speeds as low as 0.22 Megabits per second (Mbps).

Kingsclere in Huntington, York, was identified as having internet speeds 830 times slower than the fastest broadband in the country – which is found on Darwin Street in Livingston, Scotland.

The speeds are so dismal in Kingsclere that it would take, on average, around 65 hours to download a two-hour HD film from .

Meanwhile, residents in Darwin Street would need to wait less than five minutes for the same download.

Similarly, a 45-minute HD TV show would require 24 hours to download for those living in Kingsclere, while in Darwin Street it would take under two minutes.

The figures come from research by , which looked at 122,845 speed tests carried out through the website over the last 12 months.

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A 16-minute drive away from Kingsclere and the average speed in York Road, Elvington, is 135.56Mbps.

Superfast fibre broadband is available on seven out of the 10 slowest streets, including Kingsclere, suggesting that consumers are being deprived of a better service by a lack of awareness, uSwitch said.

According to Ofcom, the average UK download speed is now 54.2Mbps.

‘Our research reveals the digital divide running through Britain,’ said Dani Warner, broadband expert at uSwitch.

‘Residents living on one side of a city can be struggling with broadband as slow as molasses, while people just miles away are enjoying ultrafast speeds.

‘Lack of awareness regarding superfast broadband is one of the biggest obstacles stopping people from getting faster download speeds.’

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