Interactive map of fixed broadband published

Ofcom maps UK broadband speeds

The first interactive map of fixed broadband in the UK has been published by Ofcom.

Data from communications providers about the UK’s broadband infrastructure was used to create the colour-coded online map which offers viewers a picture of broadband provision in different parts of the UK.

“We are now developing a clear picture of the UK’s fixed broadband infrastructure and how it delivers for consumers,” said Ofcom chief executive Ed Richards.

“We hope that this information will stimulate further rollout of broadband infrastructure and better performance for households and businesses.”

Users can view:

- the availability of superfast broadband, defined as those running over 24Mbit/s by seeing the percentage of addresses within the coverage area of those networks

- average broadband take-up

- average actual speeds for ADSL and cable services averaged across each area

- the percentage of homes with broadband currently not receiving 2Mbit/s speeds

Each area has been ranked according to a score given for each of the above measures and colour coded with green ranking highest, and red lowest, and the metrics have also been combined to produce an overall view of broadband in different parts of the UK.

The map reveals that 68 per cent of UK premises have a fixed broadband connection, while the average maximum speed is 7.5Mbit/s.

Brighton & Hove has the highest take-up of fixed broadband services with 80 per cent, while Edinburgh has the fastest average maximum speeds at 10.1Mbit/s.

Bristol comes in just behind Edinburgh with 9.9Mbit/s, and both cities also have the lowest percentage of people receiving less than 2Mbit/s (4.5 per cent).

Some 58 per cent of addresses are in areas served by a superfast broadband enabled telephone exchange or cable network, including Luton and Netwonabbey which have the highest percentage of addresses served by a superfast broadband enabled exchange (100 per cent).

Fourteen per cent of customers who have fixed broadband connections (excluding superfast broadband connections) are currently receiving speeds of less than 2Mbit/s.

Some of these customers could improve their speeds by making changes to their in-home telephone wiring and around six per cent have the option to switch to a higher speed cable and fibre based broadband service.

More rural areas tend to have lower speeds and a greater proportion of customers who receive speeds less than 2Mbit/s, primarily because copper telephone lines tend to be longer in these areas and broadband speeds delivered over these lines reduce with increasing line length..

Ofcom is publishing this map after a request from the government to provide information on broadband availability, take-up and speeds in the UK.

The communications regulator says the map will be useful to local authorities in developing their broadband plans and should help to speed up the delivery of improved broadband infrastructure to UK citizens and consumers.

Ofcom expects to update the maps with new data on an annual basis.

Further reading:

See the interactive broadband map

Read the full Ofcom report

See consumer advice on broadband speeds 

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