LONDON’S fastest broadband is to be found in Welling, south east London, according to new figures out today from the price comparison people at uSwitch.

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According to uSwitch’s research, Welling’s broadband users can expect download speeds of 18.426 megabytes per second, way ahead of the national average of 6.8 Mbps.

Welling was ranked second in the whole country in the survey, behind Leamington Spa (Mbps speed 18.865), just ahead of Herne Hill (17.897), with a third south London area – Morden (16.584) – at ninth in the UK list and third in London.

In contrast to London’s generally high scores, surrounding areas fared badly in the survey, with commuter towns in Hampshire, Suffolk and Sussex all featuring near the bottom of the table.

Worst of all was Halesworth in Suffolk, which suffers from so-called broadband speeds of 0.128 Mbps. At that rate, a single music track would take about an hour and a half to download and a movie about 48 hours.

“While many areas of the country are already benefiting from the considerable investment into super-fast fibre-optic networks, our research highlights the plight of households at the other end of the spectrum, struggling with download speeds so poor that in some cases it can hardly be considered a broadband service at all,” said Ernest Doku of uSwitch.