We’re currently living on the south side of Glasgow. Our superfast fibre broadband gives us speeds in excess of 300Mbps. Where we lived on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia our internet download speed averaged 10mbps download and frequently dropped out.
Broadband speeds and availability
We’re not fans of Telstra, our former telecommunications provider. The National Broadband Network (NBN), a government-industry joint venture to roll out fibre in parts of the country, is very slowly being rolled out and often only to new developments. The old copper network is on its last legs. Our internet speeds were pretty piss poor.
When I first researched internet speeds in the UK I got very excited. I discovered that super-fast fibre isn’t available everywhere (yet) but speeds of at least 50mbps are common and up to 300mbps download and 20mbps upload is possible.
Here are some useful links to identify internet speeds, determine availability, providers and pricing of available plans…
- Broadband StreetStats: speed test results for areas
- Sam Knows: broadband availability checker (fastest is FTTP – fibre to the premises)
So when you are deciding where to live, in addition to thinking about schools, work, commuting and other facilities – remember to check the broadband internet.
If internet is important to you for streaming movies and TV shows, gaming, internet research for yourself and the kids and using social media apps like WhatsApp and Skype to communicate with your loved ones around the world – do check out the area you are thinking about moving to. No good signing a lease in a location where the internet doesn’t meet your needs.
We’re with Virgin Media. Our usual internet speed is in excess of 300mbps UNLIMITED downloads (mbps = megabits per second) – compared to about 10mbps back in Australia. Our UK internet speed is 30 times faster than what we got in Australia!
- We were on a 200mbps plan as well for £5 less a month.
- We currently pay about £45 a month.
- They give great service and are as reliable as the sunrise and sunset.
Telstra NBN can only provide up to 100mbps and that’s in the early period before everyone else is on it. I’m sure once more people are on NBN that the extra load will diminish performance.