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New research from uSwitch has identified the best and worst places in the UK for broadband speeds, with Abdon Avenue in Birmingham enjoying the UK's fastest connections, while Greenmeadows Park in Bamfurlong, Gloucestershire, has the slowest speeds.

Abdon Avenue residents can expect to receive an average download speed of 265Mbps, compared with just 0.14Mbps in Greenmeadows Park, which means the country's fastest streets are some 2,000 times quicker than the slowest.

More than a quarter of homes (26.3 per cent) still receive speeds of less than 10Mbps - which has been defined by Ofcom as the minimum required for a decent browsing experience - while one in eight (13.3 per cent) cannot even exceed 5Mbps.

What this means in real terms is that residents in Greenmeadows Park would have to wait more than four days - 102 hours - to download a two-hour high-definition film on Netflix, whereas those on Abdon Avenue could complete this in less than four minutes.

Broadband expert at uSwitch Dani Warner said: "This research lays bare the extent of the UK’s digital divide. Streets that are relatively close geographically can be light years apart when it comes to the download speeds they are getting."  

Our research also revealed that overall, broadband speeds are going up. Almost a third of users (31 per cent) now receive speeds of over 30Mbps, up from just 22 per cent three years ago.

However, the findings indicated that many consumers may be unaware of what is available to them. Even though 95 per cent of properties in the UK are now able to access superfast broadband of at least 24Mbps, only 56 per cent of Brits believe this is available in their area.

Indeed, the streets that came second and third in the list of slowest locations in the UK - Poplar Avenue in Oldham (0.22Mbps) and Chesham Road, Wilmslow (0.25Mbps) -  both have access to superfast broadband, which suggests there is a lack of awareness about the options on offer.

"Over a third of the slowest streets have access to superfast speeds, so people living there have no need to be crawling along on completely unusable internet services," Dani continued. "The industry should be doing more to help consumers understand what sort of broadband they can get at home."  

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