Broadband speeds improving in UK


Broadband speeds in the UK increased by 22 per cent over the last year, figures from Ofcom have shown, but the country is still a long way from being digital.

The communications regulator found that the average broadband speed in the UK was 6.2Mbit/s in November/December 2010.

This increased to 6.8Mbit/s in May 2011 and 7.6Mbit/s in November 2011, as consumers are moving onto higher speed packages.

It was also found that 58 per cent of UK residential broadband connections had a headline or advertised speed of over 10Mbit/s compared to just 48 per cent in May 2011.

However, the regulator found that four in ten households have broadband speeds of less than 10Mbit/s despite being able to get a higher speed at little or no extra cost.

Ed Richards, Ofcom's chief executive, said: "It is encouraging that speeds are increasing and that consumers have a real choice of broadband service.

"We can look forward to further increases in UK broadband speeds over the next few years."

In December 2011, BT revealed that at least 50 per cent of the British population will have access to superfast broadband by the end of 2012, as the roll-out is ahead of schedule.