Street’s broadband is second fastest in UK

John Cornock, of Spencer Close, which has one of the fastest broadband speeds in the country – as shown on the chart on the computer

John Cornock, of Spencer Close, which has one of the fastest broadband speeds in the country – as shown on the chart on the computer

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SPENCER Close has the second fastest broadband speed in the country, it has been revealed, following a survey of two million connection speeds nationwide.

The results of the study, by USwitch, released yesterday, showed that on average, residents in the street, in The Prinnels, experienced speeds of 50mbps when using the internet compared to the national average of 17.8mbps. Spencer Close came second to a street in Derbyshire in the survey.

The Adver put the figures to the test and visited residents in the street to check the quality of their internet connection on a smartphone app.

John Cornock, a retail manager, who works from his home, uses Talk Talk and his wi-fi got a score of 38.8mbps when we carried out our test.

John, who lives with wife Elizabeth, said: “This reading is a little bit lower than the figures released but I’ve got the app myself and I’ve been doing readings and we’ve been getting between 50mbps and 70mbps which is very good. We both work from home so a good quality internet connection is essential.”

Residents living in Haydon Wick can only dream of internet speeds that those living in the Prinnels enjoy. For months, residents have been campaigning for an improved service after an administrative error, by service providers, left them without the option of having fibre-optic broadband.

Janet Lewis, who lives in Avonmead, tested her BT wi-fi on the smartphone app and the speed of her connection came back at 3.77mbps.

She said: “We do sometimes struggle for internet speeds and it would be nice to enjoy the quality available to those in Spencer Close. The positive thing for me is that if theirs’ is at such a high level hopefully ours will improve in the near future.”

David Renard, the leader of Swindon Council, who also represents Haydon Wick, said the organisation is working with service providers to offer a better quality of internet coverage in the town.

He said: “I’m pleased to hear that parts of Swindon receive such a high quality service but there are still many who have a poor one and the council is working with the internet providers and the Government to improve that situation.

“We seem to experience poor internet speeds in very old properties and quite new ones.

“I think one of the lessons that developers need to learn is that these days when people are buying a house the quality of internet is high up there with main considerations and developers should cater their plans to this.”

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8:10am Fri 25 Apr 14

scottwichall says...

Why on earth would you use a smartphone app via wi-fi to test your internet connection speed?

If you are going to do this, connect via a wired connection.
Why on earth would you use a smartphone app via wi-fi to test your internet connection speed? If you are going to do this, connect via a wired connection. scottwichall
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9:03am Fri 25 Apr 14

Davey Gravey says...

How wonderful for them. I'm not even getting speeds of 4mb and would be more han happy to get the average speed.
How wonderful for them. I'm not even getting speeds of 4mb and would be more han happy to get the average speed. Davey Gravey
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9:11am Fri 25 Apr 14

scottwichall says...

Davey Gravey wrote:
How wonderful for them. I'm not even getting speeds of 4mb and would be more han happy to get the average speed.
Where do you live then? My mum is getting a better connection than that, and she lives out in the sticks!
[quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: How wonderful for them. I'm not even getting speeds of 4mb and would be more han happy to get the average speed.[/p][/quote]Where do you live then? My mum is getting a better connection than that, and she lives out in the sticks! scottwichall
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10:22am Fri 25 Apr 14

The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man says...

scottwichall wrote:
Davey Gravey wrote:
How wonderful for them. I'm not even getting speeds of 4mb and would be more han happy to get the average speed.
Where do you live then? My mum is getting a better connection than that, and she lives out in the sticks!
There are parts of North Swindon get even less than that. I was recently in the wilds of the far North of Scotland, 50 miles away from pretty much anything, and got a better speed connection than I do in Swindon.
[quote][p][bold]scottwichall[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: How wonderful for them. I'm not even getting speeds of 4mb and would be more han happy to get the average speed.[/p][/quote]Where do you live then? My mum is getting a better connection than that, and she lives out in the sticks![/p][/quote]There are parts of North Swindon get even less than that. I was recently in the wilds of the far North of Scotland, 50 miles away from pretty much anything, and got a better speed connection than I do in Swindon. The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man
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11:51am Fri 25 Apr 14

Davey Gravey says...

scottwichall wrote:
Davey Gravey wrote:
How wonderful for them. I'm not even getting speeds of 4mb and would be more han happy to get the average speed.
Where do you live then? My mum is getting a better connection than that, and she lives out in the sticks!
Sn3
[quote][p][bold]scottwichall[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: How wonderful for them. I'm not even getting speeds of 4mb and would be more han happy to get the average speed.[/p][/quote]Where do you live then? My mum is getting a better connection than that, and she lives out in the sticks![/p][/quote]Sn3 Davey Gravey
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12:13pm Fri 25 Apr 14

scottwichall says...

Davey Gravey wrote:
scottwichall wrote:
Davey Gravey wrote:
How wonderful for them. I'm not even getting speeds of 4mb and would be more han happy to get the average speed.
Where do you live then? My mum is getting a better connection than that, and she lives out in the sticks!
Sn3
I am in SN3 as well, on Virgin Media and I normally get 130 Mbps consistently.
[quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]scottwichall[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: How wonderful for them. I'm not even getting speeds of 4mb and would be more han happy to get the average speed.[/p][/quote]Where do you live then? My mum is getting a better connection than that, and she lives out in the sticks![/p][/quote]Sn3[/p][/quote]I am in SN3 as well, on Virgin Media and I normally get 130 Mbps consistently. scottwichall
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2:45pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Davey Gravey says...

scottwichall wrote:
Davey Gravey wrote:
scottwichall wrote:
Davey Gravey wrote:
How wonderful for them. I'm not even getting speeds of 4mb and would be more han happy to get the average speed.
Where do you live then? My mum is getting a better connection than that, and she lives out in the sticks!
Sn3
I am in SN3 as well, on Virgin Media and I normally get 130 Mbps consistently.
That would be via fibre optic though. Mine is via a normal phone line.
[quote][p][bold]scottwichall[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]scottwichall[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: How wonderful for them. I'm not even getting speeds of 4mb and would be more han happy to get the average speed.[/p][/quote]Where do you live then? My mum is getting a better connection than that, and she lives out in the sticks![/p][/quote]Sn3[/p][/quote]I am in SN3 as well, on Virgin Media and I normally get 130 Mbps consistently.[/p][/quote]That would be via fibre optic though. Mine is via a normal phone line. Davey Gravey
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