Suf­folk vil­lage has UK’S slow­est broad­band

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Broad­band speeds are so slow in parts of Bri­tain that it takes longer to download a film than it does to fly to Aus­tralia.

Re­search from com­par­i­son site uswitch found that homes in Thorpe Lane (pic­tured), in the Suf­folk vil­lage of Trim­ley St Martin, suf­fer the slow­est speeds in the coun­try, at a snail-like 0.68Mbps.

This is 53 times slower than the av­er­age speed of 36.2Mbps, and 260 times slower than the fastest speeds (177Mbps), found in Ben­ford Av­enue, Mother­well.

Down­load­ing a two-hour HD film in Thorpe Lane would take 21 hours; in Ben­ford Av­enue it would take just five min­utes.

One res­i­dent in Thorpe Lane, Ann Owen, 65, said speeds are much faster in her cot­tage in the Orkney Isles. She added: “The broad­band here is in­cred­i­bly slow. You can­not do two or three things on your lap­top at once as other peo­ple man­age to do”.

Thorpe Lane is a sig­nif­i­cant dis­tance from the near­est tele­phone ex­change, which con­nects to the web via slow cop­per-based wires. Ben­ford Av­enue uses Vir­gin Me­dia’s fi­bre-broad­band net­work, which can de­liver speeds up to 300Mbps.

Uswitch’s fig­ures re­veal the UK’S stark broad­band di­vide. Streets in Pick­er­ing, Glouces­ter, Chor­ley and An­dover all en­dure speeds un­der 1Mbps. In con­trast, ar­eas in Le­ices­ter, Swin­don, Mid­dles­brough and Hale­sowen all en­joy speeds above 150Mbps. See the full list at

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