This article was published on February 24, 2012 and information contained within may now be out of date.
Spilsby has one of the slowest postcodes in the UK, with an average broadband speed of just 2.03 Mbps, according to a survey by comparison site uSwitch.com.
With an average broadband speed of just 1.11 Mbps, Winchelsea (TN36), a small village in East Sussex, currently holds the unenviable title of having the slowest average broadband speed of any postcode in the UK, six times slower than the national average.
Spilsby (PE23) is number 12 on the list, ahead of towns such as Pembroke in Wales, Johnstone in Scotland and Watchet in Somerset. The data is based on 1.68 million broadband speed tests carried out by home and business broadband users over the past six months.
Julia Stent, Director of Telecoms at uSwitch.com, said: “Britain might be riding the wave of a super-fast broadband revolution, but for the 49% who get less than the national average broadband speed, the wave isn’t causing so much a splash as a ripple.
“And what’s really surprising is the number of cities and towns such as Hereford and Carlisle that are suffering from slow broadband speeds, dispelling the view that it’s just rural areas and small towns that have issues with their broadband.”
Virgin Media announced recently that its super-fast broadband with speeds of up to 100 Mbps is now available to 10 million homes in the UK, while BT pledged earlier in the month that it will offer ultrafast broadband speeds of up 300 Mbps by spring 2013.
“It is important to remember that the fastest headline speeds are not guaranteed and home broadband users should run online broadband speed tests to check they’re getting the best possible performance,” Stent added.