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Scotland's worst streets for broadband revealed

Scotland's worst streets for broadband revealed

The worst street in Scotland for broadband speeds is Grant Road in Banchory, according to tests carried out by comparison service Uswitch.

The company said that analysis of 276,083 consumer speed tests had shown the Aberdeenshire street's broadband to be 2,375 times slower than Scotland’s fastest street - Murrayfield Terrace in Bannockburn, where average download speeds reached 665Mbps over the past year. 

Uswitch said it would take the residents of Grant Road more than 41 hours to download a two-hour HD film. By contrast, the people of Murrayfield Terrace could download the same film in just 62 seconds.

Ernest Doku, broadband expert at Uswitch.com, said: “Scotland’s broadband keeps getting quicker every year, but parts of the country continue to be left behind. 

“Residents of this year’s fastest street, Murrayfield Terrace, could download a film in 62 seconds - where it would take those living in Grant Road more than 41 hours to do the same thing.

“At a time when so many of us rely on our broadband for work, streaming films and TV, and gaming, it’s hard to imagine how frustrating such a slow connection must be.”

He added: “Of the ten slowest streets, nine could have access to faster broadband, so we urge residents there — and anyone else unhappy with their broadband speeds — to do a quick search online to see what speeds they could be getting with another provider.”

Scotland’s ten slowest streets for broadband

Rank

Street name

Average Speed (Mbps)

1

Grant Road, Banchory

0.28

2

Berriedale

0.40

3

Earlish, Portree

0.83

4

Rolland Avenue, East Wemyss, Kirkcaldy

0.96

5

Houstoun Gardens, Uphall, Broxburn

0.98

6

Portlethen, Erskine

1.18

7

Duncan Drive, Elgin

1.34

8

Bunloit, Drumnadrochit, Inverness

1.35

9

Clayton Caravan Park, St. Andrews

1.67

10

East Park Street, Huntly

1.69

Source: Uswitch

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