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GM Broadband Speeds Stuck in the Bus Lane

Greater Manchester broadband speeds still stuck at traffic lights

The state of Manchester's broadband speeds, expressed as a traffic jam on Chester Road junction.

Nowhere Fast: The state of Greater Manchester’s broadband speeds could be pretty similar to the state of our city’s roads, as seen on a congested Chester Road junction. Image by Anthony O’Neil, 2015 (Creative Commons License – Some Rights Reserved).

The Northern Powerhouse, whether you think of it as a meaningful attempt to invest in Northern England or a throwaway gimmick, seems to be stuck in the internet slow lane. According to the Manchester Evening News and OFCOM’s Connected Nations report, Manchester has some of the slowest broadband speeds in Northern England. Most of the slower speeds have been concentrated in residential properties throughout the city centre.

We at Net66 have a top speed of 24.26 Mb/s which, in spite of being above Manchester’s median speed of 14.8 Mb/s, is still pitiful compared with superfast broadband in Singapore and parts of mainland Europe.  It is stated in some sources that Manchester’s slow broadband is due to many of its connections being ADSL based rather than fibre optic cable based.

For a time, Mancunians enjoyed some of the fastest broadband speeds. With newer faster systems being installed, the nucleus of the Northern Powerhouse has fallen behind in terms of its internet connection speeds. In the survey, it was noted that Stopfordians enjoyed the fastest average speeds in Greater Manchester, with the Metropolitan Borough of Bury seeing the greatest improvement.

Net66 can reveal that three parts of Greater Manchester have broadband speeds lower than 2 Mb/s and two of which are in the Tameside area. The slowest broadband speeds are enjoyed in Mossley where residents on Fountain Court (off Manchester Road, A635) browse at 0.19 Mb/s. Next slowest in the same borough is Alt Hill Lane in Park Bridge, on the outskirts of Ashton-under-Lyne with a ‘superfast’ 1.73 Mb/s.

Net66 can reveal that three parts of Greater Manchester have broadband speeds lower than 2 Mb/s and two of which are in the Tameside area. The slowest broadband speeds are enjoyed in Mossley where residents on Fountain Court (off Manchester Road, A635) browse at 0.19 Mb/s. Next slowest in the same borough is Alt Hill Lane in Park Bridge, on the outskirts of Ashton-under-Lyne with a superfast 1.73 Mb/s.

For household use, OFCOM recommends a minimum of 0.5 Mb/s for basic web browsing, 1.5 Mb/s for video calls, 2.0 Mb/s for catching up on the soaps, and 6.0 Mb/s for the latest HD films. Greater Manchester’s ageing broadband infrastructure is more of an issue than being able to catch on Coronation Street or EastEnders. It is about ensuring businesses are able to use the internet to their full potential. Hopefully, to the point where broadband speeds are fast enough to take traffic off the Mancunian Way.

Central Manchester and Salford landmarks

Top broadband speeds at Net66 HQ and a selection of landmarks.

LocationSpeed (Mb/s)
Net66 HQ24.26
MediaCityUK82.29
University of Manchester52.88
Beetham Tower29.46
Angel Square5.07

Within Greater Manchester

A selection of towns, cities and suburbs within Greater Manchester.

TownSpeed (Mb/s)Location
Stockport98.42St. Mary’s Close
Ashton-under-Lyne46.95Tameside College, Beaufort Road
Oldham43.39Oldham College, Rochdale Road
Bolton42.72Bolton railway station, Trinity Street
Rochdale161.79Fallinge estate
Bury44.88Parliament Street
Altrincham38.60Kingsway
Wigan68.12Morris Street
Atherton101.79Market Street
Salford65.42Crescent (A6)
Stalybridge42.20Staley Hall Road, Millbrook
Eccles23.91Corporation Road
Leigh52.87Eyet Street
Hindley52.06Cambourne Drive
Cheetham24.89Cheetham Hill Road
Moss Side31.75Staycott Street
Fallowfield38.85Willow Bank
Swinton124.84Lower Sutherland Street
Ramsbottom30.76Beechacre

Greater Manchester Broadband Notspots

The slowest top connection speeds within the Greater Manchester area.

PlaceSpeed (Mb/s)Location
Mossley0.19Manchester Road/Boundary Court
Ainsworth0.27Bury New Road
Ashton-under-Lyne1.73Alt Hill Lane, Park Bridge

References

  1. OFCOM: Connected Nations report, December 2015.
  2. Manchester Evening News: Why Does Manchester Have Some of the Slowest Broadband Speeds in the Region?, 18 January 2016.
  3. Broadband Speed Checker: a useful website detailing broadband speeds throughout the United Kingdom over the last six months.

Net66, 19 January 2016.

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