Superfast connections up 9% in last year

Households that have access to superfast broadband have increased over the last year, Ofcom has claimed. 


Households that have access to superfast broadband have increased over the last year, Ofcom has claimed. 

The consumer watchdog released figures that show around 42% of homes having speeds of 30Mbps in November last year.

This is up from the 33% of homes that enjoyed superfast speeds in 2014. 

As well as this, Ofcom found that 93% of homes had access to speeds of up to 10Mbps, a 2% rise from the year before. 

The average broadband speed has also risen from 22.8Mbps to 28.9 in November. 

Ofcom has attributed this to the rise in high-speed broadband connections that providers offer, as well as increased consumer uptake. 

Virgin Media has also been praised for its recent ultrafast packages, which bring customers up to either 100 or 200Mbps. 

However, Ofcom has also claimed that rural internet speeds were bringing the average down by some margin, as superfast connections are difficult to implement. 

“The main reasons for this difference were the lower availability of fibre and cable broadband in rural areas and slower average ADSL and fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) connection speeds.”

Average download speeds in rural areas were found to be just 13.7Mbps, compared to 50.5Mbps is most cities or urban areas.

Ofcom did note that money was being spent in order to get rural broadband up to scratch, with £780 million being spent with the aim of making superfast broadband available to 95% of the UK by next year. 

Source: USwitch

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