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Waltham Forest has second fastest broadband in London

The borough’s median download speeds are 81 Mbps, which compares to the London average of 66 Mbps

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Waltham Forest has come out second in London for broadband speeds.

According to data aggregation company Fair Internet Report, only the London Borough of Bromley is ahead of Waltham Forest when it comes to internet speeds.

The typical broadband download speed in Waltham Forest is 81 Mbps, which comes in at 23% higher than the average London speed of 66 Mbps, and is a whisker slower than Bromley at 82 Mbps.

The report states that over 15% of speed tests in Waltham Forest are above 300 Megabits per second (Mbps).


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1.78% of Waltham Forest residents are limited to slow broadband speeds of under 30 Mbps, while 91.83% can obtain gigabit speeds of over 1,000 Mbps. In comparison, 84.58% of London residents can access ultrafast broadband of 1,000 Mbps.

Waltham Forest has made rapid progress in ultrafast broadband access, with just 19.01% of people living in the borough having speeds of over 1,000 Mbps as recently as 2020.

Next-door neighbour Hackney has the slowest broadband speeds in London, with the typical download speed being 53 Mbps, 19% lower than the London average (66 Mbps).

Fair Internet Report aggregates millions of rows of speed test data, network analytics, and consumer reviews to produce what it calls the “most accurate” open database of broadband performance in the UK and around the world.


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