Gap in internet broadband speeds across Bassetlaw revealed

Families in Bassetlaw have been faced with annoying freezes, cut-outs and sound delays when using Zoom, Skype or Facebook to speak to relatives over Christmas.

By News reporter
Tuesday, 29th December 2020, 1:50 pm
Updated Tuesday, 29th December 2020, 1:51 pm
Internet connection speeds can vary between areas. Image: Pixabay.
Internet connection speeds can vary between areas. Image: Pixabay.

New figures reveal crippling broadband speeds in some neighbourhoods and across the local authority, broadband speeds range from a superfast 51 megabits (Mbps) per second to a snail-paced 3.3 Mbps, according to data from Uswitch.com.

Meanwhile, those downloading Christmas movie classics could be left waiting up to 120 hours, compared to just one minute 20 seconds in neighbourhoods with the fastest speeds.

The average broadband speeds were collected in postcode areas with more than 50 addresses through at least one test in the 12 months up to October this year. In total, nearly 400,000 tests were done.

They revealed, in Bassetlaw the postcodes with the slowest speeds were:

1) S817PJ, in Worksop North, with an average speed of 3.3Mbps

2) DN118SB, in Harworth, average 13.7Mbps

3) S810BY, in Worksop East, average 14.3Mbps

The postcodes with the fastest speeds were:

1) DN226FE, in East Retford West, average 51Mbps

2) DN227DH, in East Retford West, average 48.8Mbps

3) S810SN, in Worksop North East, average 41.4Mbps

This week, the Government set out a draft strategy to connect 1 million homes and businesses with 1,000 Mbps broadband in the hardest-to-reach areas of the UK.

It is part of a plan to provide 85 per cent of the country with broadband capable of the speed by 2025.

Minister for Digital Infrastructure, Matt Warman, said: "We will begin these procurements rapidly so broadband providers big and small can move quickly to get the job done and level up communities with this much faster, next generation broadband."