Half a million British homes have worse wifi reception than on Everest, analysis shows
- Arctic Circle can also rely on wifi ten times faster than half a million households
- Explorers at 17,600ft at Everest Base Camp can get quick broadband of 50mbps
- Read more: How much could your broadband go up in price? Try this calculator
Adeventurers in the Arctic Circle can rely on wifi ten times faster than half a million households in rural Britain, analysis has found.
Despite being one of the world’s remotest regions, the snowy tundra is serviced with internet that can reach over 100 megabytes per second (mbps).
Even explorers 17,600ft high at Everest Base Camp can get reliably quick broadband, with the local provider offering speeds of around 50mbps.
In contrast, ten of the worst equipped villages in the UK receive less than 10mbps. Even the Moon is set to achieve broadband speeds of 100mbps by 2024.
Internet provider National Broadband said its research highlighted how swathes of the country were ‘left struggling with near-unusable broadband’.
Adeventurers in the Arctic Circle can rely on wifi ten times faster than half a million households in rural Britain
Every household has a legal right to demand a download speed of at least 10mbps, enough to browse the web, make a video call or watch a film.
The fastest – fibre optic broadband – can achieve speeds of 1,000mbps, enough for five people to stream films on different devices at the same time.
Ministers had pledged to roll this out to all homes and businesses by 2025 – but this was later watered down to ‘at least 85 per cent of homes’.
Rural areas are the worst served and were seven times more likely to be stuck with speeds under 10mbps.
David Hennell, of National Broadband, said: ‘The disparity between digital “haves” and “have nots” in the UK is sadly growing.’ The worst performing towns and villages are: Narberth, Wales – 4.71mbps; Temple, Cumbria – 5.62mbps; Corsley, Wiltshire – 5.64mbps; Bowmore, Scotland – 6.13mbps; Roydon, Essex – 6.4mbps; Pomeroy, NI – 6.77mbps, Portree, Scotland – 6.88mbps; Kilvington, Nottingham – 9.05mbps; Achaphubuil, Scotland – 9.53mbps; and Llandyfriog, Wales – 9.9mbps.
Source: Read Full Article
Asteroid big enough to destroy city to pass between Earth and Moon
UK experiments into brain tumours and muscle ageing to go to space
Do you hate certain sounds? Take MailOnline's test
Experts reveal what workplaces will look like in 2050
Is BIRD FLU behind whale and dolphin deaths on US beaches?
‘My sex doll with detachable todger is great in bed – my boyfriend loves it too’
Stonehenge ‘ancient calendar’ theory debunked by experts
Russian schools get ‘aggression advice’ as kids keep trying to kill each other