Virgin Media, Sky and BT customers get a big broadband speed boost
The UK’s broadband has been lagging behind many parts of the world with a recent report revealing just how bad things have got. According to the team at Speedtest.net the UK is currently 44th when it comes to fixed-line speeds – with an average of just 66.99Mbps. That’s well behind Singapore (197Mbps), Hong Kong (168Mbps), Romania (151Mbps) and Thailand (149Mbps).
Although the UK is clearly being outperformed by vast swathes of the world, things are starting to improve for customers. If you use any of the major Internet Service Providers (ISPs) including BT, Virgin Media, or Sky then your broadband speeds might have already speeded-up.
That’s according to Ofcom, which has just released the latest stats. If you believe the figures, Britain’s broadband is headed in the right direction with more homes now able to access speedier full fibre connections.
In fact, superfast broadband (download speeds of at least 30Mbps) continues to be rolled out across the UK, with an additional 300,000 properties covered since Ofcom’s last report in 2019. This means a total of 27.7 million homes (95 percent) can now access superfast downloads.
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Things are also better for those who want to access the very best broadband with ultrafast connections also on the rise. Ultrafast broadband (download speeds of at least 300 Mbps) availability has increased across the UK by over 700,000 properties since Ofcom’s December report, to 16.1 million homes.
This has been driven predominantly by increases in the availability of both Virgin Media’s cable network and full fibre deployments.
Here’s the full Ofcom findings and how things have improved
ACCESS TO FULL FIBRE
May 2019 – 9% of homes • September 2019 – 10% • January 2020 – 12%
ACESSS TO ULTRAFAST (300Mbps or over)
May 2019 – 52% of homes • September 2019 – 53% • January 2020 – 55%
ACCESS TO SUPERFAST (30Mbps or over)
May 2019 – 95% of homes • September 2019 – 95% • January 2020 – 95%
Earlier this year Ofcom, set out proposals for new, flexible regulation that will help to build a full- fibre future for the whole of the UK. These proposals seek to transform the business case for fibre investment – for towns, cities and villages.
This, combined with the UK Government’s planned £5bn funding for rural areas, will help ensure people across the UK benefit from faster, better broadband.
Along with this news on overall speeds, Ofcom’s recently revealed how broadband performance has changed before and after the lockdown measures came in – when there was a surge in broadband use.
According to Ofcom, download and upload speeds fell only by just two percent and one percent respectively. The responsiveness (latency) of broadband networks – the delay between a connection requesting an action and that action taking place – also remained stable with just a two percent dip which most broadband users wouldn’t be able to notice.
Speaking about the latest stats, Yih-Choung Teh, Ofcom’s Group Director for Strategy and Research, said: “Broadband in the UK has really been put to the test by the pandemic, so it’s encouraging that speeds have largely held up. This has helped people to keep working, learning and staying connected with friends and family.”
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