The World Wide Wait 2.0

March 10, 2009 at 11:41 am Leave a comment

UK Broadband Speeds Still Too Slow

After meeting up with Alex on Sunday, Judy and I decided to get the shopping done online. The reason is that it saves us petrol money or taxi fares, carting the groceries from Sainsburys in Stockport, or the ASDA store opposite.

With my newish Windows Vista PC, we decided to do ‘the big shop’ to the dulcet tones of Radio 2. On no less than three occasions did I try to load the Sainsburys page without it hanging up on [Windows] Vista. After about 20 minutes, the site came up. In case you ask, we were using broadband rather than dial-up – and on a connection speed most impressive compared with the rest of the UK.

At first, we thought there was something wrong with our broadband provider. Alex told me later through Facebook that it was normal for an early evening Sunday to be kept waiting. It was the time before ‘Dancing on Ice’ and shortly after the FA Cup Semi Final draw was made.

Then I found this article on which summed this up entitled: ‘OFCOM Reveals That Average UK Broadband Speed Is 3.6mbps’. I thought we were rather hasty, given the longer time it would take for us to drive or catch the 192 down to Stockport town centre.

In fact I was relieved to find it wasn’t my ISP at all.  I wonder if anybody else has noticed slow Sunday connection speeds, or whether you disagree or agree with the OFCOM report? Feel free to add your comments.


T.U., 09 March 2009.


Entry filed under: Broadband, Computing, Connections, Internet.

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