20 December 2017
In an Ofcom study during Q4 of 2016, the telecoms regulator identified 1.4m UK households are still without reliable internet connectivity! In modern life, fast broadband is no longer a nicety, it’s essential for our digital lives to develop, such as video-calling friends, etc.
For those that may not be aware, Ofcom has previously announced that the national minimum download speed is 10Mb/second. Interestingly, the total number of properties in 2016 without 10Mbps broadband has fallen 42% since the end of 2015. This equates to 2.4m with slow broadband!
Ofcom’s annual Connected Nations report into the state of the UK’s telecoms and mobile networks did find there has been a significant improvement in recent years allowing the digital “have-nots” to join the high-speed broadband revolution – credit to Major Network Operators (MNOs) for investing in their infrastructure.
Digital and Culture Minister
The ISPA (Internet Service Providers Association) which represents companies including BT, Virgin Media, and Sky, has suggested the roll-out of superfast broadband to all households comes with significant costs. “As an industry, we understand the frustrations of those who still receive slow speeds. Our members have worked hard to reduce the number of premises with speeds of less than 10Mbps, however, reaching the final 5% requires significant additional investment.” ISPA warned that based on Ofcom research it could cost up to £1.1bn to enable faster speed services to reach all households, which could see household bills rise by £20pa.
Ofcom painted a mixed picture of the progress on the 4G mobile phone coverage. On one hand, the proportion of premises that can now receive a 4G mobile signal indoors from all four networks – EE, Vodafone, O2 and Three – has risen from 28% to 72%, however, availability of 4G coverage geographically across the UK overall remains low. Many people in rural areas, as well as those traveling by car and train, continue to suffer from poor mobile signals. Total geographic 4G coverage, where the signal is available from all four operators, is still only available across just over 40% of the UK. (This is, at least, up from the 8% recorded in 2015, so there has been evidence of investment.)
Unger said, “We’re challenging mobile operators to go beyond built-up areas and provide coverage across the UK’s countryside and transport networks.”
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