Several areas of Coventry have average broadband speeds about the same as 3G – see how your area compares. The people who live around Nod Rise and Alderminster Road see average download speeds of just 4.6 Mbps.

That’s slower than 3G (about 6 Mbit/s) – but better than dial-up (0.06 Mbit/s). Figures from Ofcom’s Connected Nations report show that 32% of homes in the region cannot receive download speeds of at least 5Mbps. When it comes to ultra-fast internet (speeds of 100 Mbit/s or more), 36% of homes in the region could benefit from these speeds.

At local authority level, Coventry properties as a whole can expect an average download speed of 65.7Mbps. Speed ​​is based on the median – or the speed of downloads for the household in the middle of everyone in the region.

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However, in Coventry there are three households that do not get speeds above 2Mbps. The places with the slowest internet in Britain are the areas around Adlington Road and Otterpool Lane in Lympne, in Folkestone and Hythe, and around Meikleyard in Ayrshire. Both areas have an average download speed of 0.5 Mbit/s.

This compares to 65 neighborhoods across the country where the average speed is 1,000 Mbps. These are mainly found in Lancashire, as well as South Lakeland in Cumbria and Craven in North Yorkshire.

Connections that can reach these types of speeds are called gigabit connections (download speeds of up to 1 Gbps). In September 2021, gigabit-capable broadband was available to 13.7 million homes across the UK (47%).

This includes full fiber and upgraded cable networks capable of delivering download speeds of 1 Gbps or more. That figure rose further as Virgin Media O2 completed a network upgrade in December.

The number of properties that can be fully equipped with fiber has jumped by three million in one year to reach eight million, or 28% of homes. While 750,000 homes were upgraded to these services in 2021, bringing the number of connected properties to almost two million, this represents only 24% of those for which full fiber upgrades are available.

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As part of its upgrade programme, the government has pledged that by 2030 the UK will have nationwide gigabit-capable broadband and 4G coverage, with 5G coverage for the majority of population. £5billion is proposed to bring gigabit-enabled broadband to 85% of the UK by 2025, and £1billion for shared rural network agreement with mobile operators to provide 4G coverage to 95% of the UK by the same year.

Full fiber can better support data-hungry households where family members need to stream, work, game, video call, and study online at the same time. In a year when many people continue to work from home due to the coronavirus pandemic, average monthly data usage has risen to 453GB per connection, more than triple the level of five years ago. years (132 GB).

Around 123,000 households (0.4% of the UK) still lack access to a “decent” broadband connection, defined as offering download speeds of 10Mbps and upload speeds of 1Mbps. s. At this speed, downloading an HD movie could take up to an hour and a half.

The UK government and the governments of each of the UK’s countries continue to implement projects to ensure that people in the hardest-to-reach areas can get the connections they need. Since its launch in March 2020, orders have been placed under the Government’s Universal Broadband Service which will see approximately 6,500 homes connected to full fiber broadband, with thousands more expected to benefit of this program and others.

Lindsey Fussell, Director of Ofcom’s Network and Communications Group, said: “Full fiber is helping to meet these demands, with millions more benefiting from faster speeds and more reliable connections. But some homes in hard-to-reach areas are still struggling to get decent broadband, so more work needs to be done to ensure these communities get the connections they need.