Photos: Broadband Britain mapped - the high-speed and the not-spots revealed

Photos: Broadband Britain mapped - the high-speed and the not-spots revealed

Summary: Where are the sub-2Mbps users? And which city has the highest take-up of fat pipes? Ofcom takes a look...

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  • Ofcom broadband UK speed map sub-2Mbps

    Where are the sub-2Mbps users? And which city has the highest take-up of fat pipes? Ofcom takes a look...

    Getting a handle on broadband speeds just got easier: telecoms regulator Ofcom has published an interactive map of the UK showing broadband data for each local authority.

    Two-thirds, 68 per cent, of UK premises have a fixed broadband connection, according to Ofcom, and the average maximum speed is 7.5Mbps, excluding superfast broadband lines. The regulator said it has not included superfast lines in the report due to low take-up of the services but will look to include superfast in future reports as take-up increases.

    Excluding those on superfast services, under a fifth (14 per cent) of the nation's fixed-line broadband users are currently receiving broadband speeds of less than 2Mbps - a speed that is below the government's universal service commitment (USC) for broadband. The colour-coded map above shows that some of the slowest broadband speeds occur in magenta-coloured parts of Northern Ireland, Wales, the Highlands and Cumbria.

    The regulator notes that some of these sub-2Mbps users do have options to improve their broadband speed, by changing their in-home wiring, for example, or switching to a higher speed broadband service.

    Image: Ofcom/Google/Tele Atlas

  • Ofcom broadband UK speed map rural broadband

    Unsurprisingly, rural regions tend to have lower broadband speeds than the average, the report found, along with a greater proportion of users receiving speeds under 2Mbps. Ofcom said this is down to long copper telephone lines reducing broadband speeds and sparse population discouraging new superfast broadband investment.

    Here, the map shows that the percentage of broadband users in the Highlands of Scotland who get speeds of less than 2Mbps is almost a fifth, 17.2 per cent.

    Image: Ofcom/Google/Tele Atlas

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