Internet speeds in the Grimsby area among the fastest in the UK

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 27 Jun 2017

The Grimsby area has been named among the very best places in the entire country for broadband.

According to research carried out by consumer watchdog Which?, North East Lincolnshire has the seventh fastest average connection speeds in the UK, beating off those anywhere in Yorkshire, most big cities including Manchester, Newcastle, Birmingham and Liverpool, and even every part of London except Enfield.

The data, from Speed Checker Ltd, shows that internet users in the Grimsby area enjoy average speeds of 27.4Mbps, way above the national average of 17Mbps.

It also found 11 areas fall short of the government’s minimum recommended speed of 10Mbps under its Universal Service Obligation.

Somewhat unsurprisingly, the remote Orkneys registered the slowest connections in the country, standing at just 6.3Mbps, but even heavily urbanised regions such as South London were found lacking.

Nearby Kingston-Upon-Hull - where consumers are unable to access services from the likes of Sky, Virgin and BT - was among the worst offenders with speeds averaging at 10.9Mbps and even the heart of the capital, Westminster, was found lacking with connections of 12.9Mbps.

At the other end of the scale, it was Tamworth, in Staffordshire, which can now boast having the nation’s best broadband with superfast average speeds of 30.4Mbps.

Reading came second with 30Mbps and Adur, West Sussex, was third with 29.2Mbps.

Looking at the results, Which? managing director of home services Alex Neill said: “Far too many households across the UK are suffering from slow broadband speeds, which can stop you being able to carry out essential daily tasks.”

The watchdog has launched a Fix Bad Broadband campaign urging households to use its free speed checker to make sure their service is up to the speed promised and complain if it is not.

Which? will be using data from its own speed checker to lobby the Government, regulators and broadband companies to improve broadband services across the UK.

Ms Neill added: “This will also help to further highlight where problem areas are across the UK, putting pressure on Government and providers to help everyone get a good broadband connection.”

Top 10 broadband speeds

Tamworth, Reading, Adur, Enfield, Dundee City, Luton, North East Lincolnshire, Merton, Elmbridge, Broxbourne.

Bottom 10 broadband speeds

Orkney Islands, Shetland Islands, Highland, Ryedale, Purbeck, Na h-Eileanan Siar, Powys, West Devon, Eden, Rother, Stirling.

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