Some 60 per cent of UK homes can now take advantage of super-fast broadband services, it has been revealed.
Ofcom’s latest Communications Market Report shows that coverage levels rose from 53 per cent of UK households between 2010 and 2011.
In England, 62 per cent of homes have the option of signing up for fibre broadband, compared to 42 per cent in Scotland and 34 per cent in Wales.
Fibre broadband coverage is most extensive in Northern Ireland, where 94 per cent of homes are within reach of a fibre network.
The seven percentage point rise in UK super-fast broadband coverage owes much to the rollout of fibre services currently being undertaken by BT and Virgin Media.
Both companies are investing heavily in their national broadband infrastructures in a bid to deliver super-fast broadband to the majority.
But while coverage and capability continues to increase, the majority of British households are yet to sign up for a super-fast broadband deal.
At the end of March 2012 there were just 1.4 million homes and small businesses with super-fast broadband connections in the UK.
This was up from 960,000 a year earlier, marking a 162 per cent rise during the 12-month period, but as a proportion of the total this remains low.
Just 6.6 per cent of homes have signed up for a service delivering over 24Mb download speeds – meaning 53.4 per cent of UK households could subscribe but are yet to do so.
However, Ofcom said it expects the number of households taking a fibre broadband deal to “increase significantly” over the next few years.
The media regulator predicted user levels will rise as Virgin Media upgrades its entire cable base onto super-fast services and more consumers migrate from lower-speed broadband.