Ofcom investigates real UK internet speeds

Ofcom and SamKnows are to continue their project of monitoring what speeds consumers really get from their ISPs.

Broadband speeds

Ofcom is asking consumers to volunteer for a research project to discover what broadband speeds users are really getting at home, compared to those advertised.

Last year the communications regulator, along with research firm SamKnows, discovered that whilst ISPs claimed average speeds were 7.1Mbps, in April 2009 they were actually only 4.1Mbps.

"What started out as a project to monitor and report on the UK's broadband connectivity in general instead highlighted that a clear discrepancy exists between what the ISPs are saying and what the end consumer is actually receiving," said Alex Salter, chief executive (CEO) of SamKnows, in a statement.

"What we're looking to measure in the forthcoming project is how this ISP performance will improve as consumers switch to services which are being advertised as significantly faster."

So far the research has taken over 60 million readings from 1,600 homes but now the two firms want to extend the project for another two years, reporting bi-annually on its findings.

Volunteers for the project will be provided with a "White Box" from SamKnows to monitor the ISP's network but it will not track the home network or web traffic. Users will also be able to have access to monitor what speeds they receive.

If you want to be part of the project click here and for more information watch the video below.

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