Broadband speeds slower than advertised

The average UK broadband speed for consumers is 3.6 Megabits per second (Mbit/s), sufficient for many applications but well below advertised speeds, regulator Ofcom has reported.

According to research based on 10 million separate tests of a range of suppliers’ services, broadband speeds via DSL and cable vary by time of day due to the traffic levels on the network. Across the country, the speeds were slowest between 5 and 6 pm on Sunday, when use of the Internet is at its highest, the report said.

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