Claims that average speed in just 2.95MB; Tiscali named as slowest provider

New survey attacks UK broadband speed

The speed of UK broadband is a hot issue at the moment – and now a new survey from comparison website has claimed that the average speed enjoyed by UK households is just 2.95MB, The Inquirer reports.

This far below the ‘up to 8MB’ speeds advertised by most providers.

Tiscali was criticised for providing the slowest connections, with an average speed of just 1.72MB. Fastest was O2 owned Be, which clocked an average speed of 6.07MB.

When it came to upload speeds, Be was also fastest with an average 850KB/s. Orange was slowest with 219KB/s.

Broadband Expert’s technical director William Harvey stated: "Current advertising campaigns like the one for Tiscali broadband promise superfast broadband speeds of up to 8Mb.

“Yet Tiscali came bottom of our test results with an average actual download speed of just 1.72Mb. Now that is not superfast by any stretch of the imagination and is over 1Mb lower than the UK average.

"Providers should state the average download and upload speeds achieved by their broadband subscribers, this would give consumers a better idea of the sort of speeds they are likely to receive and would encourage providers to deliver better broadband products."

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