With investments in complete fiber and cable infrastructure, as well as consumer upgrades, the average UK broadband rate has increased for the fifth time since the onset of the epidemic.
Lockdown restrictions and social distance measures have increased the role of communication within the community, increasingly relying on their broadband service for domestic business, work, education, entertainment and communication.
This means that households are increasingly concerned about speed and reliability.
The majority of broadband connections in the UK are delivered via fiber cabinet (FTTC) technology, which uses copper for the last few hundred meters of connection. However, OpenReach and others are investing in fiber based
Offcom says 24 (7 million) properties can now get full fiber, up from 21% in early 2021 – while 40 (12 million) can get gigabytes of broadband across all technologies. This figure is likely to rise further as OpenReach and Virgin Media continue their rollout.
96% of households have a superfast broadband of at least 30 Mbps, while almost all households can get a ‘decent’ standard of at least 10 Mbps. There are approximately 13 134,000 or more properties that are excluded, however the Universal Service Obligation (USO) means they can claim to be connected if possible.
Evidence suggests that consumers are benefiting from this infrastructure. OffCom estimates that 2 million households have taken superfast broadband since November 2019, while the average speed is increasing.
The average speed was 50.4Mbps, up from 42.1Mbps two years ago. Virgin Media offered the fastest median download speed of 490.3Mbps, while BT’s 300Mbps package provided the fastest median upload speed of 50.6Mbps.
“Since the outbreak of the epidemic, more than 2 million households have upgraded their Internet packages, and broadband firms have been able to meet the UK’s speed needs,” said Yah Chuang, Group Director of Strategy and Research. Are running for. “
“With full fiber networks being built at record rates, the UK network is being adapted for the future. But our figures show that there is still work to be done to bring decent broadband to remote parts of the UK. Need
In terms of mobile coverage, 4G availability remains stable at 92% – a figure that operators expect to continue working on the Joint Rural Network (SRN) initiative. The 5G expansion is also having an impact. In 2020, two-thirds of all 5G connections recorded were in London, but this has now dropped to 45% as more parts of the country access next-generation networks.