Slow connection speeds put Hastings on broadband blacklist

HASTINGS is among the worst broadband blackspots in the UK, a new survey has revealed.

The slow connection speeds put the town among the 20 worst areas, according to the survey by uSwitch.com published on Wednesday.

The average download speed for Hastings is 2.25 megabits a second, more than eight times slower than Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, which is recorded as having the fastest broadband speeds in the country, at 18.87 megabits a second.

A study by the telecoms regulator Ofcom found that in May 2011, the average broadband speed in the UK was 6.8 megabits a second.

This puts Hastings well below average.

Things are set to improve markedly however, with the arrival of superfast broadband.

As reported in the Observer in June, BT is working to install high-speed internet for 61,000 homes across Hastings and Eastbourne, and it is hoped that this will be completed next year.

It was announced on Tuesday that East Sussex will get more than £10.6 million to help secure better broadband, as part of a £363 million investment by the Government to ensure super-fast broadband is available across the UK by 2015.

Following the upgrade, download speeds of up to 100 megabits a second will be a possibility, which is up to 50 times faster than the current speeds experienced by many.

At 100 megabits a second, it would take just two seconds to download a song, and only 10 minutes to download a full length high-definition film.