New data from PowWowNow has revealed the top 20 UK cities leading digital connectivity for mobile data coverage, internet speed and full fibre availability, and Nottingham has been named the 2nd best city for internet speeds – beaten only by Cardiff.
Businesses across the UK are increasingly reliant on remaining connected and mobile, with great internet connectivity being the key to maintaining productivity, whether through conference calling, browsing the web or working remotely.
In order to find the fastest connections in the UK, PowWowNow compiled the mean download speed and mean upload speed for the 20 most populated areas in the UK to give an overall speed score. Nottingham was found to have the second fastest internet speeds in the UK with a mean download speed of 66 Mbit/s and mean upload speed at 5.9 Mbit/s.
The region has an impressive technological infrastructure and boasts Gigabit status, with superfast broadband available to 98% of properties in Nottinghamshire – two points higher than the national average – while the upcoming roll-out of 5G will also have a positive impact on areas such as virtual business conferencing.
Alongside Nottingham, Dudley, Leicester and Birmingham all occupy a spot in the top 10 cities for internet speed, whilst the cities of Nottingham, Coventry, Birmingham and Leicester all made the top 10 most connected cities overall – suggesting the Midlands is a hotspot for quick internet.
Surprisingly, London isn’t the best place for a quick connection, coming in at 7th place in the ranking. Cardiff, Nottingham, Bristol, Wigan and Edinburgh were the only cities with a speed score of nine out of 10 or more.
Lorraine Baggs, head of Inward Investment at Invest in Nottingham, said:
“It’s no surprise to us that Nottingham has been identified as a leading city in this area, as the city recently won an award for connectivity in the FDi European Cities and Regions of the Future 2018/ 2019 report. Being officially recognised as having the UK’s second fastest internet speeds helps to strengthen Nottingham’s reputation as a well-connected, future-facing city which is great to do business in, and will help us to attract businesses, developers and investors to the region.”