Broadband speeds in the Western Isles are slow, but they are not the slowest in Britain, a survey released today (Tuesday January 22nd) has found.
The consumer organisation Which? Carried out more than 277,000 broadband speed tests across the UK in the year to 30th September 2018, and found na h-Eileanan an Iar towards the bottom end of the scale, with an average speed of 11.5 megabytes per second (Mbps).
Most of Scotland suffers from poor broadband speeds on the survey scale, although Central Belt areas can see speeds up to 24Mbps.
Orkney had the lowest speed, at what Which? Called a ‘pitiful’ 3Mbps – too slow to watch Netflix or BBC iPlayer, or to carry out online banking.
Which? found that the local authority area with the fastest broadband was commuter-borough Broxbourne, Hertfordhshire with an average 32.5Mbps, which is considered superfast by both the Government (over 24Mbps) and Ofcom (over 30Mbps).
A spokesman for Which? said: “Despite the growing availability of higher speed broadband, Ofcom research suggests that many people are not taking up the fastest service available in their area – only 45% of premises were signed up to superfast broadband despite the service being available to more than double that number.
"Ofcom has recently launched its Boost your Broadband campaign at https://www.boostyourbroadband.com to help ensure consumers find the best broadband deal.
As of 2017, South Korea had the fastest average national internet connection speed in the world at 28.6 Mbps, according to the report State of the Internet published by Akamai Technologies. South Korea's speed was four times faster than the world average of 7.0 Mbps.