Which street in Scotland has the slowest broadband?

Although more people have access to superfast speeds than ever before, many are suffering from slow connections, according to a survey.

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Grant Road in Banchory, Aberdeenshire, is the slowest street for broadband in Scotland, according to research by comparison site Uswitch.com.

The street clocked an average download speed of just 0.28Mbps, which means it would take more than 41 hours to download a two-hour HD film.

In contrast, the fastest street in the country – Murrayfield Terrace in Bannockburn, Stirling – had average speeds of 665Mbps, meaning that the same two-hour film could be downloaded in just 62 seconds.

The Banchory street is among five across Scotland with average speeds of less than 1Mbps.

The village of Berriedal, Earlish in Portree, Rolland Avenue in East Wemyss, and Houstoun Gardens in Uphall, make up the top five slowest streets.

Portlethen in Erskine, Duncan Drive in Elgin, Bunloit village, a caravan park in St Andrews, and East Park Street in Huntly complete the top ten slowest streets with none reaching above an average of 1.69Mbps.

The UK average broadband speed is 79.1Mbps, according to the figures.

Dalhousie Crescent in Dalkeith is the second fastest street on the list, hitting an average of 576Mbps, followed by Raith Drive in Cumbernauld, Harmong Street in Bonnyrigg, and Abbotsford Avenue in Hamilton – all of which clocked speeds above 470Mbps.

The list of the top ten fastest streets is completed by Ruchill Street in Glasgow, Skylands Rise in Hamilton, Tower Place in Edinburgh, Paterson Drive in Dumfries and Galashiels Avenue in Chapelhall – recording average speeds of 311Mbps or higher.

Uswitch said the number of users getting faster broadband speeds is growing, with 43% of those in the UK experiencing superfast internet connections of more than 30Mbps – almost double the number six years ago.

But the comparison site urged frustrated consumers to check what speeds they are getting and see whether faster broadband is available.

“It’s great to witness the increased uptake of ultrafast broadband, but we don’t want to see large swathes of the country left behind on shoddy connections that aren’t cutting it for modern life,” said Ernest Doku, a broadband expert at Uswitch.com.

“Initiatives like the Universal Service Obligation and Project Gigabit are helping improve connections at both ends of the spectrum, but there is a lot more to be done so consumers don’t get left behind.”

An Ofcom spokesperson said: “This survey highlights an important point: if people are getting low broadband speeds, it isn’t usually because fast connections are not available.

“Crewe is actually well covered by superfast broadband – including Wistaston Road. So we always recommend speaking to your provider to check you’re on the fastest connection and the best deal.”

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