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uSwitch Broadband Survey Data is ‘Out of Date’ Claims BT

UK telecom giant BT has claimed that the recent report released by uSwitch about the slowest places for broadband in Britain was based on old data.

Price comparison website, uSwitch, recently released a report in which it claims that Mount Pleasant in Halesworth, Suffolk, had the slowest broadband connection in the country at 0.128 Mbps.

BT, on the other hand, claims that the data used by uSwitch is outdated because according to the broadband speed data it has, Mount Pleasant gets an average broadband speed of 7.5 Mbps.

BT, which is at the helm of UK government’s plans to bring super fast broadband to the country, said that Mount Pleasant was located so close to the exchange that it was impossible for it to get such low speeds.

“It appears that the data in this survey is out of date. Fibre broadband is now available for a number of the streets identified,” a BT spokesperson said.

“We wouldn’t disagree with uSwitch that there are a number of slow spots in the UK, and that needs addressing, but it would seem they haven’t managed to identify them correctly here,” the spokesperson added.

BT claimed that even though there are areas with slow broadband, the list provided by uSwitch was flawed because 7 of the 50 places mentioned by the website in the list had access to fibre based broadband.

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