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The UK’s Broadband hotspots and notspots mapped
New research reveals some interesting trends about broadband speeds across the UK.
The map shows a general light green gradient across the country, showing broadband connection speeds are gradually increasing as people source and switch contracts to providers with a better service.
Broadband Speed Change 2016-7, southern U.K.
There are, however, some interesting trends.
An emerging hotspot of ultra-fast broadband speed is spotted in rural Lancashire, near Kendal in the Lake District, as a community-driven high-speed rural service begins to roll out. More dramatic improvements are seen just to the east of Cheltenham, again a rural area with specialist high technology and defensive industries. Cranham sees an 11000% improvement, from 1.7mbit/s to 190mbit/s, as new business connections move online.
On the other hand, there are pockets across the UK where broadband speed appears to be dropping off. For example, Appleton, a medieval village in Oxfordshire has seen a 99% decrease, from 540mbit/s to 2.3mbit/s.
In the central parts of London, there is a lull around King’s Cross – the previous year’s fastest postcode – which is almost certainly not due to a general decrease in available speed but actually because residential connections have come online. The previous year’s ultrafast result was likely due to dedicated ultra-highspeed links into Google’s new UK office, and other high-technology businesses opening there. Since then, the residential blocks nearby have opened; these still have pretty nice connections, but not the business-level infrastructure needed so it shows as an average fall in London.
Rotherhithe, to the south east of London, throws up a unique blend of broadband speed simultaneously increasing and decreasing.
*Rotherhithe, S.E. London
A traditionally very poorly connected area, both in transport but also digital connectivity, Rotherhithe has seen dramatic improvements in speed across many areas but also big falls in the newest area – again possibly due to an increased residential component in the mix.