Broadband Speed Test
If you're suffering from a slow internet connection then accurately check your data now by using the widget below. To start your evaluation click below.
This gadget selects a UK based server to connect to your current device sending and receiving small parcels of data to produce its results. Bear in mind that there are many factors that can influence the analysis, including your provider, location, whether your neighbours are online, computer configuration, time of day and even the weather! Your results are measured in kilobytes per second (Kbps) and Megabytes per second (Mbps). The higher the number of bytes you are able to download per second, the faster the connection. For example, a typical dial-up connection has a speed of 56Kbps. A basic starter broadband package will offer a speed of 512Kb, 10x faster than dial-up.
Are You Disappointed by the Results?
The chances are the answer to this question is yes but could be due to the items outlined above. Although new fiber networks are being rolled out throughout the UK they're not available in all areas. To evaluate if you're able to improve your connection check out our exclusive deals and offers which could offer an improvement.
According to the telecom watchdog Ofcom UK consumers receive an average speed of 3.6 megabits per second which is less than the average maximum possible of 4.3 Mbit/s across the UK and significantly below advertised achievable rates. The internet does slow at peak periods generally between 5pm and 6pm on Sundays when usage is at its highest.
Rural Vs Urban Assessment
One argument that has continued since the beginning the internet is the fact that urban areas enjoy the latest technology installations whilst those living in rural areas count themselves lucky if they can simply access the internet. Overall, dissatisfaction with broadband is higher for rural users (14%) than urban users (8%). There are plans to introduce a tax to pay for high speed fiber optic cabling throughout the UK but in the meantime those people living out of the reach of a fast connection have some excellent alternatives. See our page on mobile connections for more info.
News and Opinion
UK ranked 33rd in world
The average UK download speed is around 7.69Mbps which places it 33rd in the latest global survey. Average global consumer download speed is 7.67 Mbps while the Europe averages 10.03Mbps, according to the Net Index of the testing firm, Ookla.
Rural communities need investment
Improved high-speed broadband could reinvigorate rural economies and bring a range of "social and economic benefits" to all sectors of the population. Boosting the efficiency of small businesses is just one area where the roll-out of broadband can make a difference in the UK, according to one industry body.
Weather affects Broadband Speeds
There are a number of issues that impact speed such as distance form the exchange, contention ratio and even weather conditions," he said. "Some providers will give you an idea of what's expected, so it's always worth checking this before signing a contract.