Broadband speed is ‘below average’

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A NEW study has found that the average broadband download speed in Daventry is well below the national average.

The survey by uSwitch revealed the average speed is 4.43mbps, compared to a national average of 6.742mbps.

Communications giant BT is spending a total of £2.5 billion in a bid to get superfast internet speeds to two thirds of the UK by 2015.

And last year NCC was handed £4 million from the Government’s BDUK Broadband Delivery Project to try and get faster speeds to rural areas.

However so far in the district only the Daventry and Chapel Brampton internet exchanges have been upgraded leaving many people with speeds of below 1mbps.

The Daventry Express is campaigning to make sure more areas are earmarked for an upgrade to propel us into the 21st century.

Ben Lloyd, marketing manager for The Carephone on High Street, said: “Across a couple of months we lost a good five days of business because of the internet.

“The connection is intermittent, sometimes it just drops completely. We experienced slow speeds and a lack of business support. We do struggle to do anything which is high demand with the connection.”

Janet Head, managing director of Orchard Print Services, also in High Street, said she had struggled in the past to download files at the business.

She said: “It would be an advantage to be quicker.

“I live just outside Daventry town centre and my colleague lives in Badby. The speeds there are pitifully slow.”

Northamptonshire County Council last week confirmed its intention that the entire county will have a connection speed of at least 30Mbps – six times the speed in Daventry, Towcester and surrounding areas – by 2017.

A spokesman for the council said: “The county council’s broadband delivery plan will use public sector funds to attract investment from private sector providers so that by 2017 the entire county will have broadband connection speeds of at least 30mbps.

“One of the major priorities for businesses moving to a new area is the availability of superfast broadband speeds.”