Orkney’s ‘shockingly low’ broadband speed highlighted by Which?

Red is low, grey average – only Dundee, marked purple, has high-speed broadband.

Despite 10Mbps being the minimum recommended speed for families under the Government Universal Service Obligation, Which? research, using data from Speed Checker, has found many areas that fall short.

The Orkney Islands, Shetland Islands and Highland are rated as the worst areas in the UK for broadband speeds. The Orkney Islands recorded the slowest average download speed at just 6.3Mpbs, which is “shockingly low”, said Which?, when compared with Tamworth where the average speed was recorded at 30.4Mpbs – almost five times faster.

“Far too many households across the UK are suffering from slow broadband speeds, which can stop you being able to carry out essential daily tasks,” said Alex Neill, managing director of home services at Which?

“We are encouraging everyone with broadband to use our speed checker so people can see if they are getting the speeds that they’ve been promised by their provider and find out how to complain if their speed is too slow. This will also help to further highlight where problem areas are across the UK, putting pressure on government and providers to help everyone get a good broadband connection.’