A recent survey has revealed Cardiff has one of the slowest broadband speeds in Britain.
The Welsh capital has an average speed of 6.73 megabytes for broadband connections, while the best connected city has an average speed of 15.73 megabytes.
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Henry Pickup, Theology student at Cardiff University, said: “I’m in my third year now and I’ve been living in student houses for the last couple of years and I have noticed that it is quite slow. I presumed it was because there were six of us in the house, but I’ve spoken to a lot of other students and they have said the same thing.”
Giles Phelps, Director, Connect Cardiff, a business only Internet Service Provider (ISP) explains: “The results are slightly skewed in the sense that there are some not spots (slow areas) in Cardiff. So those people who are logging their speeds from those areas are very slow. But then some areas in Cardiff are well served. The biggest problem is that we have not got complete coverage in Cardiff.”
“There’s also an issue with demand and cost. At the moment, broadband is quite expensive for the faster speeds. In Cardiff, people are not buying or paying for higher speeds that they’re actually able to get.”
While people like Rachel Connor, a student originally from Northern Ireland, said: “I find it quite good and quite fast. I hadn’t really noticed that it was bad because it’s a lot better than from where I come from.”
A BT spokesperson responded to the survey saying: “BT is investing heavily to bring faster speeds to towns and cities around right round the UK, including Cardiff, through advanced copper and fibre broadband.”
Report by Divya Sehgal and Shubhi Tandon, international journalism students at Cardiff University
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