Broadband Speeds Report Shows Middlesbrough is the UK's Best-Served City

By Gary Cutlack on at

The average broadband connection speeds of 42 UK cities have dumped poor old Hull and its bespoke KCOM network right down at the bottom of the urban superfast league, with the city's broadband managing a six-month average of 12.45Mbps.

That's according to a league table of cities assembled by comparison site USwitch, which says KCOM's gradual roll out of its superfast product -- a unique FTTP option for everyone -- is yet to increase averages to a notable extent.

Middlesbrough (34.46Mbps), Belfast (34.34Mbps) and Brighton (33.8Mbps) had the highest average download speeds, with London (22.44Mbps) and Edinburgh (21.07Mbps) in 28th and 35th spots, respectively. Just above Hull are Aberdeen (with a confusing average download speed of 'Aberdeen') and Milton Keynes (17.1Mbps).

USwitch says of the data: "The UK’s cities should be leading the charge when it comes to broadband speeds, yet just 22 cities have broadband users with average speeds of more than 24Mbps. With capital cities like London and Edinburgh not on that list, we should be asking what more can be done to encourage the adoption of superfast broadband now it’s so widely available."

The numbers, being an average of all connections, show that a lot of people simply aren't taking up the fibre option. Perhaps the average man of the UK is OK with BT's boring old 6Mbps connection that lets their iPlayer work and doesn't require the potential hell of switching products? [USwitch]

Image credit: KCOM

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