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People living in Bournemouth get the fastest broadband in Britain, according to research by the UK’s most popular broadband comparison website, Top 10 Broadband.

Over the past two months Top 10 Broadband, compiled almost 200,000 broadband speed tests carried out by users of its website in over 2,600 postcodes across the UK. Based on this data, Bournemouth came out top with an average download speed of over 8Mb, which is the equivalent of downloading an album in around 6 minutes, or a movie in 100 minutes – nearly twice as fast as the national average.*

The Dorset seaside town beat off competition from south coast rival Portsmouth, and was over 1Mb faster than some of the UK’s biggest cities such as Manchester and Birmingham.

Edinburgh – with an average broadband speed of 6.38Mb – was the highest placed Scottish city but it could only come 14th on the list, just ahead of London in 15th on 6.63Mb. Swansea was the fastest Welsh city, at 19th on the list and with average speeds of 6.20Mb.

The Top 10 Fastest Broadband Towns and Cities in the UK

# Town or City Average broadband download speed
1 Bournemouth 8.06Mb
2 Portsmouth 7.82Mb
3 Dudley 7.03Mb
4 Luton 6.97Mb
5 Hartlepool 6.90Mb
6 Southend-on-Sea 6.86Mb
7 Bradford 6.81Mb
8 Manchester 6.77Mb
9 Birmingham 6.74Mb
10 Wolverhampton 6.72Mb

Alex Buttle from Top 10 Broadband said: “The numbers are clear – Bournemouth’s residents are enjoying significantly faster broadband than anywhere else in the country, making it easier for them to watch TV online and download the latest music and movies.

“It just goes to show that people in big cities like London and Birmingham aren’t necessarily getting the UK’s best internet speeds and people definitely need to shop around to make sure they are getting the best experience and value.”

Top 10 Broadband’s new speed test is the first in the UK to allow people to rate their current broadband speed, compare it against their friends, family and neighbours and find the supplier with the best speed, and deal in their area. Compare your own broadband speed here: Top 10 Broadband Speed Test


  • National average broadband speed is 4.1Mb according to Ofcom, July 2009.

Notes to Editors:

Top 10 Broadband is the UK's most popular dedicated broadband comparison site with over 12 million visitors per year.

The award-winning website offers a range of comparison tools and customer reviews, allowing users to make quick and easy broadband buying decisions.


Top 10 Broadband Homepage

Top 10 Broadband Speed Test

Contact us:

Alex Buttle

Top 10 Broadband


020 3170 8041

Pete Marcus


Dewe Rogerson


020 7282 2815

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