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
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
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
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