Confusion reigns over broadband speeds
The 'woe is me' attitude that pervades so much broadband coverage is nicely summarised by some of the coverage for the Playstation Now game streaming service, that has been announced but is yet to launch but will basically be the Sony competition to OnLive.
It seems some people have latched onto the Netflix speed index results, which suggest that for example Virgin Media has a speed of 2.99 Mbps when viewing Netflix streams. There is a school of thought that this is reflecting the true position, rather than what the politicians want us to believe is the real world speed. The reason why Netflix speed index results should NOT be used as real world indicators is shown when even Google Fiber is listed as a 3.69 Mbps average speed.
The reality on broadband speeds is that many millions in the UK can get world leading speeds, and while we are still in the position that our own speed test puts Wales down the bottom of the league table with a median speed of 6.6 Mbps, areas like Northern Ireland that has had wider coverage of faster broadband speeds for some time is showing a median of 13.9 Mbps. So yes some people are not going to have the pre-requisite 5 Mbps minimum speed needed to get a reasonable Playstation Now speed, but by the time it launches more people will have the option of paying for a better connection to support the service.
|Region||Median Download Speed||Median Upload Speed|
|London||14.3 Mbps||1.4 Mbps|
|Northern Ireland||13.9 Mbps||1.6 Mbps|
|North East England||13.3 Mbps||1.1 Mbps|
|South East England||12.5 Mbps||1.0 Mbps|
|North West England||12.2 Mbps||1.0 Mbps|
|West Midlands||11.9 Mbps||0.98 Mbps|
|East Midlands||11.5 Mbps||0.97 Mbps|
|Yorkshire and Humber||10.6 Mbps||0.92 Mbps|
|South West England||8.9 Mbps||0.86 Mbps|
|East of England||8.8 Mbps||0.86 Mbps|
|Scotland||8.1 Mbps||0.82 Mbps|
|Wales||6.6 Mbps||0.76 Mbps|