National Newspaper Says Scilly Has One Of Slowest Internet Connections
A national newspaper has published data showing Scilly has the seventh slowest internet speeds in the country, over a year since the completion of an ambitious £3.6m project to install a fibre optic link to the mainland.
But BT spokesman Jason Mann says the report in yesterday’s Daily Mirror is not correct.
And he says the data could have been skewed by islanders who have stuck with their older, slow connections.
The figures were taken from an annual study published by telecoms regulator Ofcom in December.
Their data, compiled in June last year, lists the median speed of internet connections in Scilly as 8.1Mbps. Anything over 10Mbps is classed as ‘superfast.’
That puts us at the same level as Pembrokeshire and Merthyr Tydfil in South Wales but ahead of the Western Isles in Scotland, which trails the rest of the country with a median speed of just 6.5Mbps.
The best performing area was Brighton at 30Mbps.
But Jason says Ofcom’s own data on their website contradicts this, giving an average download speed of 22.9Mbps here in Scilly, nearly three times the median figure given in the report.
And he says 99% of island households and businesses can get fibre broadband if they chose to do so.
Jason says the median figure is particularly influenced by the connection speeds of customers who have not yet decided to take up superfast broadband.
Ofcom’s figures show that 374 properties in Scilly, out of a total of 1032, have taken up a faster connection over 30Mbps.
593 are still using lines with less than 10Mbps speed and 92 of those are struggling with less than 2Mbps.