July 6, 2011

Ofcom publishes broadband map

by Jan Harris

Ofcom has published the results of a survey showing that around 14 per cent of fixed-line broadband-connected homes and businesses in the UK are putting up with download speeds below 2 megabits per second.

This would prevent them from using data-rich services such as the BBC iPlayer.

Ofcom also published an interactive map of “Broadband Britain”, highlighting parts of the UK where investment is needed to provide superfast broadband.

Fermanagh in Northern Ireland is shown as having the slowest sync speed, averaging only 4.3Mbits/sec, while super-speedy Edinburgh enjoys an average sync speed of 10.1Mbits/sec.

The best places to live for superfast broadband are Newtonabbey in Belfast and Luton in Bedfordshire, where 100% of fixed-line users enjoy 24Mbits/sec+.

Meanwhile the Welsh Government has been coming under fire from the Country Land and Business Association for setting unrealistic broadband targets.

The Association told the Broadband in Wales Inquiry that a lack of broadband was the “chief barrier” to companies starting businesses in rural parts of the country.

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