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The average UK broadband speed reaches 17.8Mb

According to the latest research from Ofcom, the UK's communications regulator, the average superfast broadband speed has increased to around 17Mb, five times the speed it was five years ago.

By on April 15, 2014 at 13:00 PM
The average UK broadband speed reaches 17.8Mb

Ofcom has published its latest broadband performance review, detailing the "actual" speed of internet connections from a number of top UK providers, as opposed to the advertised speeds. The report shows that as of November 2013, the average UK broadband speed has risen to 17.8Mb, five times the speed of the 3.6 Mb figure taken in November 2008.

Broadband speeds across the UK

While the average broadband speed has risen dramatically, broadband in rural areas can still be considerably slower. In fact, when compared against the same results from May's report, it seems as though speeds in these areas have risen very little at all. While the average urban download speed has risen 21% since May 2013( to 31.9Mb), and the average suburban speed benefitted from a 22% increase (rising to a respectable 21.8Mb), rural broadband speeds only moved 1% (from 9.9Mb to 11.3Mb).

Ofcom Chief Executive, Ed Richards, said:

The growth in superfast broadband and the rise in average speeds is testament to the investment in the sector. But the benefits are not shared evenly across the UK.  There is more work needed to deliver wider availability of broadband and superfast broadband, particularly in rural communities but also in some locations within cities to enable wider access to fast internet.

Fastest broadband providers

Ofcom's report also shows which broadband services performed best over a 24 hour period, although it should be noted that these speeds were true in November 2013 and may have increased since then. Unsurprisingly Virgin Media came out ahead of the pack, with its 120Mb cable broadband service reaching an average speed of around 114Mb. This was closely followed by the 'up to' 76Mb fibre packages offered by BT, Plusnet, TalkTalk, Sky and EE, which consistently delivered an average speed of 64Mb.

How do I find out more about my broadband speed?

To find out what kind of speeds your provider is supplying, simply head to our broadband speed test tool and pop in your postcode. The results will show your actual download speed, although it may vary at different times of day depending on if you are testing during peak time.

If you consistently find you are receiving speeds way below the ones advertised by your provider, you may want to consider moving to a faster deal available in your area. Give us a call on 0800 542 4704, and one of our friendly, independent broadband experts will talk you through all the latest packages a recommended a better service for your household.

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