The University of Leicester has left Oxbridge colleges trailing in an alternative university league table for broadband speeds.
Research from uSwitch.com found that Leicester, which is ranked 47th for higher education, is top of the class for broadband speeds with an average of 39.7Mbps in student areas.
Not far behind in second place is Queens Belfast with 36.71Mbps, while Nottingham is third with 36.9Mbps.
That’s not to say that Oxford and Cambridge should exactly hang their mortarboards in shame. With speeds of 34.61Mbps and 32.83Mbps respectively, they’re both comfortably in the top ten for broadband.
Very much at the wrong end of the table, though, is Aberdeen. Although 36th in the country for educational attainment, it’s bottom of the rankings for broadband speeds with 15.27Mbps.
Worse, though, is that in gadget-heavy student households, speeds will be even more disappointing.
In a four-person shared house in Aberdeen with all occupants surfing at once, speeds would dip to just 3.82Mbps. That spells a five and half-hour wait to download a Blu-Ray film.
Ewan Taylor-Gibson, broadband expert at uSwitch.com, said: “It turns out that some of our more esteemed institutions for higher education aren’t quite so high achieving when it comes to broadband speeds.
“Students need fast, reliable broadband for research, streaming lectures and submitting work on time – both at home, and on campus.
“The good news is that fibre is widely available for student households this autumn and they shouldn’t be put off signing up to fibre connections by the perceived higher cost. Faster fibre broadband can now be had for £10 a month plus line rental.”
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