Why is my internet so slow? It's probably because you live in Essex

A new report has revealed areas with the fastest and slowest broadband speeds

It's home to fake tan, vajazzles and, of course, favourite son Joey. But now Essex can add another title to the list – the worst county for speedy broadband access.

Wheatley Road in Stanford-le-Hope is one of six streets in the county to feature on a list of the UK’s 50 slowest streets for broadband.

The street, which shared the top spot with Erw Fawr in rural north Wales, performed sluggish download speeds of 0.60Mbps - the UK’s slowest, uSwitch.com found.

Meanwhile, the lucky residents of Loundes Road in Derbyshire enjoy a download speed almost 100 times faster than the country’s worst.

At 57.58Mbps, it would take just nine minutes to download a HD quality film in Loundes Road – but Wheatley Road and Erw Fawr residents would have to wait 15 hours for the download to finish.

The figures are the result of nearly two million speed tests conducted by UK broadband users over six months.  

Although Essex polls poorly in the speed rankings, the county is home to the streets with the fourth and tenth fastest speeds, on Byfletts and Griffins Close.

Grange Gardens in highly desirable Hampstead, London also appears on the list of the fifty worst broadband speeds in the UK.

Homes there can easily fetch half a million pounds, but residents have to endure download speeds of 1.19Mbps – nearly 50 times as worse-off than the the country’s best.

According to the study, only 15% of Britons enjoy ‘superfast’ broadband speeds of 30Mbps or higher, despite the fact that nearly three quarters of the country have access to them.

Meanwhile, four in 10 of us suffer from sluggish download speeds of under 5Mbps

Marie-Louise Abretti, broadband expert at uSwitch.com, said the figures show that superfact connections are “clearly not being utilised”.

“More needs to be done to increase awareness of availability and cost,” she said. “Poor connectivity can severely affect local businesses, impact house prices and children’s education, which is why it’s crucial the government keeps its eye on the ball when it comes to improving UK broadband infrastructure”.

She encouraged residents to compare the speed of their connection test their speeds regularly online and compare their results to other local users with to see if other provides are offering faster speeds.

The ten slowest streets

1= Erw Fawr, Henryd, Conwy, Wales (0.60Mbps)

1= Wheatley Road, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex (0.60Mbps)

3. Station Road, Boston, Lincolnshire (0.65Mbps)

4. Kelvin Grove, North Shields, Tyne and Wear (0.74Mbps)

5. Maple Crescent, Alveley, Shropshire (0.91Mbps)

6. Evesham Road, Evesham, Worcestershire (0.92Mbps)

7. Meadow View, Brampton, Cumbria (0.94Mbps)

8. Canal Street, Oakthorpe, Leicestershire (0.96Mbps)

9. Pickleys Lane, Doveridge, Derbyshire (0.99Mbps)

10. Dereham Road, Norwich, Norfolk (1.03Mbps)

The ten fastest streets

1. Loundes Road, Dronfield, Derbyshire (57.58Mbps)

2. Spencer Close, Swindon, Wiltshire (50.60Mbps)

3. Northam Drive, Ripley, Derbyshire (44.67Mbps)

4. Byfletts, Basildon, Essex (41.47Mbps)

5. Mill Lane, Lincoln, Lincolnshire (38.88Mbps)

6. Lymington Road, New Milton, Hampshire (35.70Mbps)

7. Littlewood Lane, Walsall, Staffordshire (35.64Mbps)

8. Camel Road, London (34.62Mbps)

9. Pen-Y-Graig Road, Wrexham (31.91Mbps)

10. Giffins Close, Braintree, Essex (30.33Mbps)

PROMOTED VIDEO
Life and Style
ebooksA superb mix of recipes serving up the freshest of local produce in a delicious range of styles
Life and Style
ebooksFrom the lifespan of a slug to the distance to the Sun: answers to 500 questions from readers
Arts and Entertainment
glastonbury
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
Shock of the news: Jake Gyllenhaal in ‘Nightcrawler’
filmReview: Gyllenhaal, in one of his finest performances, is funny, engaging and sinister all at once
Arts and Entertainment
Shelley Duvall stars in Stanley Kubrick's The Shining
filmCritic Kaleem Aftab picks his favourites for Halloween
News
people
Arts and Entertainment
Kit Harington has been given a huge pay rise to extend his contract as Jon Snow in Game of Thrones
tv
Life and Style
Taste the difference: Nell Frizzell tucks into a fry-up in Jesse's cafe in east London
food + drinkHow a bike accident left one woman living in a distorted world in which spices smell of old socks and muesli tastes like pork fat
Sport
Luke Shaw’s performance in the derby will be key to how his Manchester United side get on
footballBeating City is vital part of life at United. This is first major test for Shaw, Di Maria and Falcao – it’s not a game to lose
Life and Style
Google's doodle celebrating Halloween 2014
tech
Arts and Entertainment
Don’t send in the clowns: masks and make-up conceal true facial expressions, thwarting our instinct to read people’s minds through their faces, as seen in ‘It’
filmThis Halloween, we ask what makes Ouija boards, demon dolls, and evil clowns so frightening?
News
peopleFarage challenges 'liberally biased' comedians to 'call him a narcissist'
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Gadgets & Tech

    Sales Consultant – Permanent – West Sussex – £24-£25k plus commission and other benefits

    £24000 - £25000 Per Annum plus company car and commission: Clearwater People S...

    Marketing Account Manager / Client Liaison Manager

    £25 - 32k DOE: Guru Careers: A digital-savvy Marketing Account Manager / Clien...

    Business Development Manager / Sales Executive

    £23-30k (DOE) + Bonus: Guru Careers: We are seeking bright Business Developmen...

    Inside Sales Manager – SaaS based solutions

    25-30k + Comms + Benefits: Sphere Digital Recruitment: A rapidly expanding tag...

    Day In a Page

    The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

    The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

    Commons debate highlights growing cross-party consensus on softening UK drugs legislation, unchanged for 43 years
    The camera is turned on tabloid editors in Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter'

    Gotcha! The camera is turned on tabloid editors

    Hugh Grant says Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter' documentary will highlight issues raised by Leveson
    Fall of the Berlin Wall: It was thanks to Mikhail Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell

    Fall of the Berlin Wall

    It was thanks to Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell
    Halloween 2014: What makes Ouija boards, demon dolls, and evil clowns so frightening?

    What makes ouija boards and demon dolls scary?

    Ouija boards, demon dolls, evil children and clowns are all classic tropes of horror, and this year’s Halloween releases feature them all. What makes them so frightening, decade after decade?
    A safari in modern Britain: Rose Rouse reveals how her four-year tour of Harlesden taught her as much about the UK as it did about NW10

    Rose Rouse's safari in modern Britain

    Rouse decided to walk and talk with as many different people as possible in her neighbourhood of Harlesden and her experiences have been published in a new book
    Welcome to my world of no smell and odd tastes: How a bike accident left one woman living with unwanted food mash-ups

    'My world of no smell and odd tastes'

    A head injury from a bicycle accident had the surprising effect of robbing Nell Frizzell of two of her senses

    Matt Parker is proud of his square roots

    The "stand-up mathematician" is using comedy nights to preach maths to big audiences
    Paul Scholes column: Beating Manchester City is vital part of life at Manchester United. This is first major test for Luke Shaw, Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao – it’s not a game to lose

    Paul Scholes column

    Beating City is vital part of life at United. This is first major test for Shaw, Di Maria and Falcao – it’s not a game to lose
    Frank Warren: Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing

    Frank Warren column

    Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing
    Adrian Heath interview: Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room

    Adrian Heath's American dream...

    Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room
    Simon Hart: Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

    Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

    Manuel Pellegrini’s side are too good to fail and derby allows them to start again, says Simon Hart
    Isis in Syria: A general reveals the lack of communication with the US - and his country's awkward relationship with their allies-by-default

    A Syrian general speaks

    A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities
    ‘A bit of a shock...’ Cambridge economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

    ‘A bit of a shock...’ Economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

    Guy Scott's predecessor, Michael Sata, died in a London hospital this week after a lengthy illness
    Fall of the Berlin Wall: History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War

    Fall of the Berlin Wall

    History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
    How to turn your mobile phone into easy money

    Turn your mobile phone into easy money

    There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes