Average UK broadband speeds increase – report

Created September 9, 2021
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Around one in four UK homes can now get faster full-fibre internet, as broadband companies have extended their networks at rapid pace during the pandemic, according to the latest figures from UK independent regulator Ofcom.

New figures published in Ofcom’s Connected Nations summer update show that just underseven million (24%) of all UK homes can take-up full-fibre internet packages – up from 21% at the start of the year. Ofcom found that nearly 12 million (40%) of UK homes can now get gigabit-capable broadband (able to deliver download speeds of up to 1 Gbps), which has increased from 37% in January 2021. However, around 134,000 UK properties are still unable to get a decent connection. These properties could be eligible for an upgrade under the broadband universal service.

Ofcom also measured the speeds and performance of broadband services at over 2,500 households as part of its UK Home Broadband Speeds Performance research. It says 85% of those have taken up superfast packages, up from 75% in November 2019 – before the pandemic led to mass home working and learning. It says take-up of these faster packages is reflected in the higher average speeds households are getting. The median average broadband speed recorded in its research was 50.4 Mbps, up 20% on the average speed in November 2019 (42.1 Mbps).

For more information, visit www.ofcom.org.uk

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This article was written
by Peter Dykes

Peter Dykes is a independent telecoms and technology journalist who has over that last 30 years written for a wide range of B2B publications and companies. A former BT engineer, he specialises in networks and associated support systems. He is currently Editor of Optical Connections.