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Test your broadband speed

Speedometer, BBC

The majority of British homes now have access to broadband but the speed at which they are connected to the internet varies widely.

Distance from the local telephone exchange is one factor governing connection speed and people living in the countryside may find their service is slower than those in towns.

A test like the one below can give you an indication of your current connection speed.

Once you've taken the test, plot your result on the map below and see how it compares to other users' results.

STEP 1: TEST YOUR CONNECTION

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Results are indicative only and should not be taken as proof of your connection speed.

There are many factors that can influence speed, including your broadband package, location, whether your neighbours are online, computer configuration and applications, time of day and even the weather.

Please bear in mind that your speed is likely to fluctuate over the day and this test can only give an indication of your current connection speed to the BBC site which may be affected by traffic to our servers during peak times.

Other broadband speed tests are available - see related links on the right of this page.

STEP 2: PLOT YOUR RESULTS AND ADD A COMMENT

Click on the map to plot your location and choose the category from the dropdown which matches your speed test result. Fill in the form then press "add comment" to submit your data.

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Terms and conditions: By submitting your personal information you consent to your data being disclosed to and processed by our agent, Airlock. Your data will only be used in conjunction with the "Have your say messageboard" and will not be forwarded to any other third parties.

STEP 3: SEE EVERYONE'S RESULTS

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Once you have plotted your result, click here to see the pattern of submitted results across the UK.



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TRY RORY'S TIMED DOWNLOAD
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Technology Correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones is testing broadband connections around Britain by downloading a 10MB file in each location.

To see how long it takes for your computer to carry out the same test:

Get a stopwatch ready
PC users: Right click on the link below and select Save target as
Mac users: CTRL+click and select Download linked file
When the download finishes, stop the clock


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