Number of fixed superfast broadband connections rises to 9.2 million in UK

The take-up of superfast broadband is on the rise across the UK, a new report has revealed. According to Ofcom, 9.2 million fixed broadband connections were superfast by the end of last year. This is up from 7.1 million in 2014.

Total fixed broadband connections went up by 0.9 million to 24.7 million last year. Figures from the watchdog also showed that 4G accounted for 46 per cent of all mobile subscriptions in 2015, compared with 28 per cent two years earlier. In addition, 97.8 per cent of all homes and businesses in the UK had 4G coverage from at least one provider.

Commenting on the data, Ofcom said it shows that the availability of faster internet access is at an all-time high.

“People are better connected than ever before, meaning they can spend more time doing what they love online – such as watching the latest on-demand series, or chatting with friends and family via instant messaging services, both of which have seen a recent surge in popularity,” the watchdog observed. Smartphones remain the most popular device for accessing the internet, the Ofcom report revealed. Three-quarters of internet users were found to consider it an important part of their daily lives.

Seventy-eight per cent agreed that it helps them stay up to date with social issues and current affairs.

Meanwhile, 63 per cent said the internet has inspired them to try new things, such as recipes, travel destinations, restaurants and entertainment.

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