Rightmove adds Point Topic broadband speed data to property listings
Rightmove has been experimenting with listing broadband speeds for properties for sometime and has now added a 'Check Broadband Speed' button to everyone of its property listings.
"We're always considering new developments to our website and mobile platforms, to make sure we provide Rightmove users with the best property search experience and because we understand the benefits these have for our customers. The trial exceeded our expectations so it's become a permanent addition that further enhances our listings. We already offer a number of tools to help consumers make informed decisions about a property including local schools and transport links, and we're pleased to be the first to add data on broadband, something that has become ingrained in people's lives and an important factor when choosing a home."Bernard Phillips, Head of Consumer Platforms at Rightmove
More information for the public to help inform decision making on what for many is their most expensive commitment i.e. buying a property is welcomed, but we must highlight the caveats to the data, namely that while the Point Topic data is generally good by using a snapshot from June 2013 the rapid commercial and BDUK funded roll-out of superfast broadband will be washing over areas and thus sellers may feel hard done by, when their listing suggests a speed of only 2.9 Mbps is available when they are actually using a real speed connection of 65 Mbps. One solution may be for Estate Agents in addition to the usual wide-angle photos of rooms and floor plans is to add a screen shot from an actual speed test result in the property. Our own broadband map shows speed test results from the previous day to as far back as four months ago, letting people see if the estimated speed has been surpassed by improvements in an area.
Update 2nd March 2014 We understand via Point Topic that an agreement has been reached to ensure regular updates of the speed data are now provided to RightMove.