Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 10 July 2014

Ofcom: Northern Ireland broadband speeds are best in UK

Northern Ireland has the highest internet download speeds of all UK regions according to a new report from Ofcom.

Ofcom’s latest Infrastructure Report update showed average download speeds in Northern |Ireland have increased from 6.3Mb/s a year ago to 14.4Mb/s. This compares to the UK average of 12.7Mb/s.

The rise reflects the widespread availability of superfast broadband in Northern Ireland with the completion in March of the Next Generation Broadband Project.

This means that 95% of premises now have access to superfast broadband services. The UK average is 65%.

“Consumers are beginning to reap the rewards from the investment by the Executive and telecoms companies,” Jonathan Rose, director of Ofcom Northern Ireland said. While Northern Ireland is leading the way in superfast broadband, other figures in the report show the region still lags behind the UK for 3G mobile coverage. Ofcom says just 56% of premises have 3G coverage from all operators, compared to 77% for the UK as a whole.

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