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Million Britons miss out on 'first rate' broadband speeds

However while only two percent of urban premises are impacted, this figure rises to 17 percent in rural areas, giving cause for concern among those who believe the countryside could be left behind. Around 1.1 million homes and buildings in the United Kingdom, or 4 percent of all properties, can not receive at least 10 Mbps broadband[1], according to Ofcom’s “Connected Nations 2017”[2] report[3]. Access to superfast broadband – defined by Ofcom[4] as a download speed of 30 Mbit/s or more – continues to improve.

According to Ofcom superfast broadband (30Mbps download speed) was available to 91pc of premises by May 2017, up from 89pc. Conservative MP Grant Shapps, who is head of the parliamentary British Infrastructure Group, said: ‘As Britain leaves the European Union it is more important than ever that people are able to communicate and work from home. Indeed, the number of premises purchasing superfast connections has risen from 9.1 million to 11.2 million in the past year.

This report outlines the main developments in coverage and performance of fixed broadband and mobile networks, as well as network security and resilience. Ofcom expects this figure to grow after a number of network operators announced plans to build new networks.

Central Intelligence Agency ‘helped foil terrorist attack in Russia’[5]
US President Donald Trump criticized Russia Friday for not doing enough to pressure North Korea to halt its nuclear weapons program. Commenting on the findings, Chief Technology Officer Steve Unger said broadband coverage[6] is improving, but stressed that “urgent work” is still required before households and businesses get the services they need. “So Ofcom is supporting plans for universal broadband, and promoting investment in full-fibre technology that can provide ultrafast, reliable connections”.

Eight in ten homes and businesses in rural areas can not get a good 4G mobile phone signal amid growing fears that people living in the countryside are being “left behind”. Over all, 4G mobile networks were available to over 99 per cent of the population in four countries, including the UK. For calls and text messaging, 30 per cent of the UK’s geography does not receive a signal from all four operators – down from 37 per cent past year.

Now 38 percent of households have a superfast service, up from 31 percent previous year. “The public and our economy depend on mobile coverage that allows people to call, text or get online wherever they are”. Ofcom has recently installed equipment on Network Rail’s engineering train.

The UK’s internet service has improved, but 1.1 million households and businesses still have bad broadband speeds and significant gaps in 4G coverage remain.

The changes come into effect early next year. “Using our tools, mobile users can see which network offers the best service in areas where they live, work and travel, before they take out a new phone contract”.

References

  1. ^ broadband (www.independent.co.uk)
  2. ^ Ofcom’s “Connected Nations 2017” (www.ofcom.org.uk)
  3. ^ report (www.ofcom.org.uk)
  4. ^ Ofcom (www.independent.co.uk)
  5. ^ Central Intelligence Agency ‘helped foil terrorist attack in Russia’ (2016carsreview.net)
  6. ^ broadband coverage (www.computerweekly.com)

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