Shropshire broadband speeds among England's worst

Both rural and urban communities throughout the county are struggling with a slow connection

Broadband speeds in Shropshire are amongst the worst in England as around 14% of households are unable to receive anything above 10mbps.

Ofcom’s annual Connected Nations report, which charts the UK’s constantly evolving communications infrastructure, states that 10mbps is the speed “required to meet a typical household’s digital needs."

7% of households in the county can only currently receive broadband speeds of 5mbps whilst 3% struggle to reach just 2mbps.

The borough of Telford and Wrekin saw an improvement, but the broadband speeds for around 6% of its many households fail to reach the recommended 10mbps figure.

“Mobile and broadband coverage continued to grow this year, but too many people and businesses are still struggling for a good service,” said Steve Unger Ofcom’s chief technology officer. “We think that is unacceptable."

Exactly what speeds constitute superfast broadband in a rural area vary considerably to those that would be seen as superfast in an urban environment.

A rural household in Shropshire receiving a superfast broadband connection can expect speeds of 50mbps, whilst those residing in a town or a city can achieve up to 56mps. Households with superfast broadband in Telford and Wrekin are able to receive speeds of 76mbps and 79mbps respectively.

Shropshire Council have expressed their desire to move into the next stage of the Connecting Shropshire programme, which ultimately aims to provide 16,000 households across the county with next generation broadband access, to ensure that all households will be able to enjoy the benefits of faster broadband.

Source: Shropshire Star

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