Watford is ahead of most areas of the UK when it comes to broadband speed.

This is according to analysis carried out by broadband comparison site broadbandchoices.co.uk.

The borough apparently has an average download speed of 65Mbps, higher than the national average of 54.2 Mbps.

Out of 121 towns and cities in the UK, Watford is the sixth best area for broadband speeds.

Hull comes in first with an average download speed of 87Mbps, followed by Swindon, Cleveland, Guildford, Nottingham, and then Watford.

Meanwhile, the worst performing areas in the UK are Truro in Cornwall, Perth in Scotland, and Llandrindod Wells in Wales - with speeds between 23 and 25 Mbps.

Although Watford is doing well, there is still a long way to go before all residents can get top-tier broadband speeds.

For nearly 10 years, the government has focused on rolling-out superfast broadband and, according to Ofcom, it is now available in 95 per cent of the UK. However, only seven per cent of the UK has access to full-fibre networks, meaning only a small percentage of the population can make full use of the superfast broadband.

The government is prioritising city centres, towns and businesses, with a target to have the entire UK on full-fibre by 2033. This could mean rural communities will be left without a reliable superfast broadband connection for a little while longer, potentially slowing down economic growth in these areas.

Mark Pocock, home comms expert at broadbandchoices.co.uk said: “To protect the productivity of the UK workforce, it’s vital that we continue to put pressure on councils and the Government to achieve this goal.

"Indeed, of the four hundred UK council websites and Ofcom reports we looked at, in many areas those councils have failed to meet their own targets and hit their deadlines.”

Mr Pocock also offers his top tips on getting better speed in your home:

  • Check your speeds - Use a speed checker, such as the one offered by broadbandchoices.co.uk. Once you know your current speeds, you can compare them to your new speeds once you have tried to improve it. If you don’t notice any difference, contact the provider.
  • Relocate your router - The higher up your router is, the better your chances of getting faster speeds. Things like baby monitors, microwaves, thick concrete walls and steel trusses can also interfere with your signal.
  • Make sure your Wi-Fi is secure - One of the reasons for a slow Wi-Fi connection could be down to your neighbours piggybacking your connection without you knowing. So make sure your password isn’t easy to guess.
  • Switch providers - If none of the above work, switching providers might be your only option. Before you sign up, companies should be able to test your line and give you an accurate indication of what speeds you can expect. And if they don’t deliver, you may have the right to cancel.