Download broadband speeds in the UK are on average 35% slower between off- peak and peak usage times.
Average download speeds of 9.6Mbps are only available between 2 and 3am, found the study based on two million speed tests from price comparison site uSwitch.com. At peak surfing time between the hours of 7pm to 9pm, average download speeds fall by one-third to 6.2Mbps, making the evening hours the slowest time of the day, it said.
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Some regions experience an even more marked difference in speeds. In Evesham, Worcestershire, broadband speeds fall by 69% in the evenings to 4.9Mbps, while Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset sees a 64% decline to 3.4Mb/s. In Wadebridge, in Cornwall, speeds nearly halved from 4.1Mbps at off-peak times to 2.1Mbps at peak times.
Ernest Doku, technology expert at uSwitch.com, says: “It really is surprising just how much broadband speeds fluctuate at different times of the day, with drop-offs of almost 70% in some areas of the UK. Not many internet users enjoy the maximum headline broadband speeds offered by providers, and certainly not during the working week.”
The news follows a recent commitment of £530m from the government to provide 90% of UK homes with superfast broadband by 2015 and for everyone to have access to a minimum of 2Mbps.