Are you in the broadband fast lane or on the hard shoulder?
The UK’s Internet use is the highesst of the top five European economies, according to a report from the industry regulator Ofcom. But broadband advertising is notoriously unreliable. Our speed test helps you find out what you are getting.
You get what you pay for?
Like most network speed test resources, ours measures your speed by sending a set of random, uncached data from our servers to your computer and back again. We do it five times in each direction, and then calculate an average called the truncated mean.
The service works on mobile or fixed devices – though obviously, it will use up data allowances on any connection which is metered (such as your mobile). You should be aware also, that testing on a machine connected by Wi-Fi may somewhat reduce the overall bandwdith figure.
In Britain, broadband roll-out is proceeding well in urban areas, with some rural broadband supported by government money, and other operations carried out by local volunteers. It’s important to have real figures to discuss any shortfall with your service provider.
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