Three percent of the UK can't access 'decent' broadband speeds

925,000 premises cannot access 10Mbps/1Mbps download/upload speeds

The UK Government will make access to 10Mbps broadband a legal right by 2020

Three percent of the UK can't access 'decent' broadband speeds

The UK's independent communications regulator, OFCOM, has released a new report which details the availability of broadband within the nation, finding that three percent of UK premises, around 925,000 properties, cannot access government's Universal Service Obligation (USO). 

The Universal Service Obligation is a speed target which will become a legally enforceable right for broadband users by 2020, which guarantees users access to broadband speeds of 10Mbit/s downloads and 1Mbit/s uploads. This finding shows that the government and broadband providers still have to make a lot of progress before the whole UK can meet this minimum target.   

Today around 93% of UK homes have access to what the EU calls "Superfast Broadband", offering a target downloads speed of at least 30Mbit/s, with England leading with 95% coverage, followed by Wales with 92%, Scotland with 91% and Northern Ireland with 88% coverage. "Superfast" broadband coverage in the UK increases to 95% when using the UK's definition for "Superfast", which is 24Mbit/p download speeds.     

The UK Government will make access to 10Mbps broadband a legal right by 2020


Ultrafast broadband services, with download speeds of at least 300Mbit/s, now cover 13.2 million premises in the UK, which includes 45% of homes and businesses. Since May 2017, Ultrafast broadband has become available to 2.6 million more premises. 

In their reports, OFCOM has stated that Gigabit (1Gbps download) speeds are now accessible to 4% of UK premises thanks to the rollout of all-fibre services, covering 1.2 million properties. This number is set to increase as more providers replace their ageing copper infrastructure, making higher-speed internet connections more accessible to customers. 

OFCOM's full report is available to read here

You can join the discussion on the UK's access to 'decent' broadband speeds on the OC3D Forums.  

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