FOR many this festive season will be remembered as the year we camped on the sofa to watch festive films in between video-calling loved ones from our homes.

However, for some in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, this year’s frustrations are set to continue with new figures revealing crippling broadband speeds in some neighbourhoods.

Across the local authority, broadband speeds range from a superfast 268 megabits (Mbps) per second to a snail-paced 0.4 Mbps, according to data from

It means families using Zoom, Skype or Facebook to speak to relatives and friends could be faced with annoying freezes, cut-outs and sound delays.

Meanwhile, those downloading Christmas movie classics could be left waiting up to 120 hours, compared to just one minute 20 seconds in neighbourhoods with the fastest speeds.

The average broadband speeds were collected in postcode areas with more than 50 addresses through at least one test in the 12 months up to October this year. In total, nearly 400,000 tests were done.

They revealed, in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole the postcodes with the slowest speeds were:

1) BH49HE, in Westbourne & West Cliff, with an average speed of 0.4Mbps

2) BH26LT, in Bournemouth Central, average 0.5Mbps

3) BH13SH, in East Cliff & Springbourne, average 0.6Mbps

The postcodes with the fastest speeds were:

1) BH149LS, in Penn Hill, average 268Mbps

2) BH177YU, in Creekmoor, average 225.4Mbps

3) BH118NP, in Bearwood & Merley, average 218.8Mbps

Ernest Doku, broadband expert at, said: “The digital divide that runs through Britain has grown dramatically in the last year, with the fastest street’s broadband more than 5,000 times quicker than the slowest’s.”

He added: “It’s great that more of us are enjoying ultrafast broadband, but we don’t want to see large swathes of the country left behind on shoddy connections that aren’t suitable for modern life.”

Last week, the Government set out a draft strategy to connect 1 million homes and businesses with 1,000 Mbps broadband in the hardest-to-reach areas of the UK.

It is part of a plan to provide 85 per cent of the country with broadband capable of the speed by 2025.

Minister for Digital Infrastructure, Matt Warman, said: "We will begin these procurements rapidly so broadband providers big and small can move quickly to get the job done and level up communities with this much faster, next generation broadband."

The results for the Dorset Council area are as follows, with the slowest speeds at:

1) SP84EL, in Gillingham, with an average speed of 0.2Mbps

2) DT29UH, in Charminster St Mary's, average 3.3Mbps

3) BH213NL, in Corfe Mullen, average 6.8Mbps

The postcodes with the fastest speeds were:

1) BH213XF, in Corfe Mullen, average 69.2Mbps

2) DT35PH, in Littlemoor & Preston, average 67.4Mbps

3) DT47QF, in Radipole, average 55.9Mbps