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Central London superfast broadband desert

London broadband speeds shocker

At first glance this map of London broadband speeds coverage is a bit of a shocker. It’s been published by Mayor Boris Johnson (or by his minions) based on inputs from Ofcom.

You can see that the residential areas outside the centre are by and large well served albeit with a fair few “not so superfast spots”. However central london is a nightmare.

One presumes that the same logic applies to central London as to business parks where FTTC is frequently not provided. The rationale is notionally absence of an adequate business case. Cynics have been known to suggest that the real reason is that operators (naming no names) prefer to push businesses towards higher value Ethernet connections knowing that superfast isn’t available and the bandwidth they must have (as Yoda might have put it).

We make no call here. Simply report he facts. I would be a bit dischuffed if I was in an area that could only get “fast” broadband if all around me were on the blistering stuff.

For your convenience, and because the embedded pics are just screen grabs of the original interactive maps we provide the legend:

Superfast – Next generation broadband (> 30Mbit download speed) is available at 1 to 100% premises within postcode

Fast – Maximum download speeds from 10 up to 30Mbit

Slow – Maximum download speeds from 2 up to 10Mbit

No Data – No data available for this postcode

Interesting to consider that 2 – 10Mbps is labelled as slow by the GLA folk. Can’t disagree with them. It’s also the uplink I’d be wanting to make sure of.  The old ADSL uplink speeds don’t cut the mustard anymore.

I’ve done you a zoomed out version of the featured image – shows a lot more superfast broadband availability.

superfast broadband availability london


On a slightly different but similar subject I was browsing the Twittersphere for broadband related tweets and came across thissun:

It was this response that struck a chord – the forgotten people of the internet world. London or Aberdeenshire. Notspots know no geographic boundaries, only population densities.

PS I don’t know how I came across this map. I figured a link was emailed to me but I can’t find the email. Odd eh?

Och aye

Trefor Davies

By Trefor Davies

Liver of life, father of four, CTO of, writer, poet,

One reply on “Central London superfast broadband desert”

What a superfarce! We said this would happen in 2009, and its come true. We are becoming a third world digital nation and a laughing stock. And poor Aberdeen, don’t they realise it isn’t fibre broadband if it comes down a phone line? they are all being conned by the snake oil salesman.

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