The Ofcom report has revealed that 73% of premises in the
UK are now able to receive a broadband connection of at least
30Mbps, a significant jump up from the 65% reported last
Although this is great news there is some debate as to
whether enough people are upgrading to the superfast connection.
Right now fibre optic broadband accounts for just 22% of all of
Britain's internet users. While this might seem a lot lower than
the number of available connections, it should be noted that this
is still 4.8 million people and, as Ofcom points out, the figure is
double what it was last year.
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Britain's data usage is now larger than ever. Over 650
million gigabytes of data was sent and received by UK internet
users in June alone which, according to the report, is equivalent
to more than one billion copies of the Encyclopaedia Britannica.
Ofcom believe that the rise of high quality on demand TV services
and the increased number of devices available to watch them on,
such as tablets and mobile phones, are the two major factors in
this increased usage.
The mobile nature of these devices has led to a demand for
better mobile broadband connections as well as improving internet
in the home. 34,000 mobile Wi-Fi hotspots are now available and
Ofcom are looking into improving 4G and 3G connections on both
train lines and along Britain's roads. Right now while most
motorways have a good 3G connection only 35% of A and B roads are
covered by any form of mobile signal.
Ed Richards, Ofcom's chief executive, said:
We know consumers increasingly expect superfast speeds,
but it is also important to make sure people can connect over a
very wide area. That is why we are doing everything we can to
support moves to improve coverage in difficult areas such as roads
and train lines.