The best and worst places for business broadband

With the Government promising to roll out “superfast” broadband by the end of this year, consumer group Which? has revealed just how far behind some businesses are.

The bare minimum speed required to run a business efficiently is 10 Megabits per second (Mbps), but the survey found that 12 local authority areas are still failing to reach this level.

Among them was Ryedale in North Yorkshire, Purbeck in Dorset, and Rother in East Sussex.

The three with the slowest speeds – between 6.3Mbps and 8.8Mbps – were all found in Scotland: Orkney, Shetland, and Highland.

Tamworth, in the West Midlands, took the top spot for super connectivity, followed by Reading, Adur in West Sussex, Enfield, and Dundee.

Surprisingly, London lagged behind when it came to speed, with boroughs Southwark, Westminster, Lambeth, Hackney, and the City of London all below the average UK download speed – 17Mbps.

Alex Neill, Which? Managing Director of Home Services, said: “Far too many households across the UK are suffering from slow broadband speeds, which can stop you being able to carry out essential daily tasks.

“We are encouraging everyone with broadband to use our speed checker so people can see if they are getting the speeds that they’ve been promised by their provider and find out how to complain if their speed is too slow.

“This will also help to further highlight where problem areas are across the UK, putting pressure on Government and providers to help everyone get a good broadband connection.”

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