How do broadband speeds in Herts compare – and where has the slowest average connection?

A neighborhood in Three Rivers has been revealed to have the slowest internet in the county. See how your neighborhood compares using our handy widget below.

People who live in Chandler’s Cross see average download speeds of just 2.3 Mbit/s. That’s slower than 3G (around 6 Mbit/s) – but better than dial-up (0.06 Mbit/s).

The figures from Ofcom’s Connected Nations report show 48% of homes in the area are unable to receive download speeds of at least 2 Mbit/s. When it comes to ultrafast internet (speeds of 100 Mbit/s or more), just 15% of homes in the area could get those speeds.

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At local authority level, properties in East Hertfordshire as a whole can expect the lowest average download speeds at 65.4 Mbit/s. The speed is based on the median – or how fast downloads are for the household in the middle of everyone in the area.

Households in Stevenage enjoy the fastest average download speeds in the area at 79.7 Mbit/s. However, across Herts, there are 230 households that don’t get speeds of more than 2 Mbit/s.

Use the widget at the bottom of the article to check speeds near you. All you need to do is put your postcode in.

The places with the slowest internet in Britain are the areas around Adlington Road and Otterpool Lane in Lympne, in Folkestone and Hythe, and around Meikleyard in Ayrshire. Both areas have an average download speed of 0.5 Mbit/s.

That compares to 65 neighborhoods across the country where the average speed is 1,000 Mbit/s. These are mostly in Lancashire, as well as South Lakeland in Cumbria, and Craven in North Yorkshire.

Connections that can achieve these kinds of speeds are known as gigabit connections (download speeds of up to 1 Gbit/s). As of September 2021, gigabit-capable broadband was available to 13.7 million homes across the UK (47%).

This includes full-fibre and upgraded cable networks that are capable of delivering download speeds of 1Gbit/s or higher. This figure has increased further as Virgin Media O2 completed an upgrade of its network in December.

The number of properties that can get full-fibre jumped by three million in a year to eight million, or 28% of homes. While 750,000 homes upgraded to these services in 2021, taking the number of properties connected to nearly two million, that’s only 24% of those to which full-fibre upgrades are available.

As part of its Leveling Up agenda, the Government has pledged that by 2030, the UK will have nationwide gigabit-capable broadband and 4G coverage, with 5G coverage for the majority of the population. It’s put forward £5bn to bring gigabit-capable broadband to 85% of the UK by 2025, and the £1bn for the Shared Rural Network deal with mobile operators to deliver 4G coverage to 95% of the UK by the same year.

Full fiber can better support data-hungry households where family members need to stream, work, game, video-call and study online at the same time. In a year when many people continue to work from home due to the coronavirus pandemic, average monthly data use grew to 453 GB per connection – more than triple the level of five years ago (132 GB).

Around 123,000 homes (0.4% of the UK) still do not have access to a ‘decent’ broadband connection – defined as offering download speeds of 10 Mbit/s and upload speeds of 1 Mbit/s. At this speed, it could take up to an hour and a half to download an HD film.

The UK Government and governments in each of the UK nations continue to deliver projects aimed at making sure people in the hardest-to-reach areas can get the connections they need. Since its launch in March 2020, orders have been placed under the Government’s universal broadband service that will result in around 6,500 households being connected to full-fibre broadband, and thousands more are expected to benefit from this scheme and others.

Lindsey Fussell, Ofcom’s Network and Communications Group Director, said: “Full fiber is helping meet those demands, with millions more benefitting from faster speeds and more reliable connections. But some homes in hard-to-reach areas still struggle to get decent broadband, so there’s more work to do to make sure these communities get the connections they need.”


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