Bristol tops UK superfast broadband table, Hull rated worst

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Based on new figures from ThinkBroadband, Bristol has the best superfast broadband coverage in the UK with 97 percent of the city having access to a high-speed connection. In addition to the fastest average download and upload speeds in the country, these figures should put the city in good stead to achieve its "tech hub" ambitions. 

The average download speed in Bristol is 30.6 Mbps, whilst the average upload is 5.4 Mbps. Although these are the average speeds – collected in the third-quarter of 2015 – much of the city has access to faster connections of up to 152 Mbps (soon up to 200 Mbps.) 

Broadband in the UK is classed as "superfast" if the download speed exceeds 24 Mbps. Following Bristol in the superfast broadband league table is Birmingham, followed by Liverpool, Bradford, and Leeds to complete the top five. Surprisingly, the capital of the UK, London, is ranked seventh on the list. 

Hull gains the unwanted honour of the worst city in the UK for superfast broadband, according to statistics. Just 29 percent of properties in Hull East have access to superfast connections, and Hull West with 30%. Hull North is also in the bottom ten – along with nearby constituencies Haltemprice and Howden – whilst Beverly and Holderness join the list in the worst 20. 

The bottom 20 of the league: 

Area  

% superfast 
24 Mbps or faster  

% Under 2 Mbps USC  

% Under 15 Mbps  

Na h-Eileanan an Iar (Western Isles)  

21.9%  

2.8%  

71.8%  

Kingston upon Hull East  

29.9%  

0%  

56.9%  

Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle  

30.5%  

0%  

53.7%  

Orkney and Shetland  

33.3%  

2.6%  

61.8%  

Argyll and Bute  

35.1%  

2%  

45.1%  

North Herefordshire  

37.7%  

1.3%  

46.7%  

Carmarthen East and Dinefwr  

38.9%  

1%  

46.1%  

Ross Skye and Lochaber  

40.3%  

3.8%  

55.8%  

Kingston upon Hull North  

39.2%  

0%  

45.7%  

Haltemprice and Howden  

40.2%  

1.4%  

42.4%  

Ceredigion  

44.2%  

2.9%  

49.9%  

Montgomeryshire  

44.1%  

2.5%  

49.5%  

Beverley and Holderness  

45.6%  

2.1%  

40.5%  

Stroud  

47.5%  

0.5%  

27.7%  

Tiverton and Honiton  

49.1%  

1.9%  

34.7%  

Brecon and Radnorshire  

48.9%  

1.8%  

39.3%  

Mid Ulster  

53.1%  

17.2%  

43%  

Caithness Sutherland and Easter Ross  

51.8%  

4.2%  

40.9%  

Dumfriesshire Clydesdale and Tweeddale  

52.6%  

3.9%  

37.4%  

Derbyshire Dales  

52.7%  

2.8%  

29.8% 

ThinkBroadband points the blame for Hull's broadband problem at internet firm and phone line owner, KC. The provider is rolling-out a 'Lightstream' fibre optic broadband system which should deliver faster speeds than BT's national "Infinity" super-fast system, but proves time-consuming to install. 

In Hull, Lightstream is available to 30 percent of homes and 40 percent of businesses. By the end of next year, KC hopes to reach 60 percent of households which should help to improve these figures through delivering “ultrafast” speeds of more than 100 Mbps. 

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