Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 December 2014

Map highlights broadband take-up

An Ofcom map shows 68 per cent of UK homes and businesses have a fixed broadband connection
An Ofcom map shows 68 per cent of UK homes and businesses have a fixed broadband connection

A new map showing stark differences in the take-up of fixed-line broadband services throughout the UK has been published for the first time.

The Ofcom interactive map shows 68% of UK homes and businesses have a fixed broadband connection - excluding superfast broadband - with the average maximum speed of 7.5 Mbit/s.

The Western Isles - Na h-Eileanan an Iar - had the lowest take-up of fixed-line broadband at 46% with the City of Brighton and Hove registering the highest at 80%.

The league table showed the City of Kingston upon Hull with the third lowest take-up of fixed broadband at just 50% - a relatively low figure compared to similar sized cities in the UK, according to Ofcom.

The communications regulator said superfast services made up less than 3% of total broadband connections and were not included in the figures published. But it said it expected the take-up of superfast services to rise significantly over the coming year.

The analysis showed that 14% of non-superfast broadband connections were receiving speeds of less than 2Mbit/s.

The map has been released after a total of £530 million has been put aside by the Government to help achieve a target of 90% of businesses and homes able to take-up superfast broadband by 2015.

According to the figures, 58% of addresses are now in areas served by a superfast broadband-enabled telephone exchange or cable network.

The map also showed Edinburgh with the fastest average speeds for fixed broadband at 10.1 Mbit/s with Bristol in second place at 9.9.

The slowest average maximum speeds were in Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, at 4.3 Mbit/s followed by Cookstown, at 4.4 Mbit/s. Ofcom said Northern Ireland had some of the longest average line lengths in the UK and this led to lower speeds.

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