Uk broadband speeds jump forward

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There has been a noticeable improvement in broadband at home, according to an annual survey by the united kingdom of surveillance of communications Ofcom.

He said that the average fixed-line download speed increased by 28% in the year to 46.2 megabits per second, while the charge acquired by the 44% to 6.2 Mbps.

He added that the typical family now consumes 190 gigabytes of data per month, due in large part to the use of Netflix and other streamed TV services.

But rural consumers still lag behind.

Ofcom said:

in urban areas, 59% of connections delivered average speeds topping 30 Mbps through 20:00 to 22:00 hours peak period time of the meeting, the watchdog of the definition of “superfast” – while 17% were under the age of 10 Mbps.
but in rural areas, only 23% of connections exceeded 30 Mbps at the same time, while 53% were under the age of 10 Mbps.

The regulator said that the main reasons for the discrepancy were less than availability and the reduction of cable and fiber optic services in the field.

At the end of this month, internet service providers will be obliged to quote the average of the maximum speed in their advertisements and other promotional materials, in place of the “a” figures that have been more common.
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The report of the numbers were generated by the installation of speed-test of boxes in around 4,700 volunteers of the properties in the month of November.

Ofcom also has broken down its results by country, revealing that England had faster speeds, while Wales had the slowest:

The watchdog highlighted that many households could improve their speed at no extra cost to ask to be changed to the fibre where it was available.

He pointed out that 93% of uk properties now have access to superfast services, but said that around 40% still subscribe to a base of copper “standard” ADSL (asymmetric digital subscriber line) package.

The report also noted that the Virgin Media – the uk’s biggest provider of cable – had made improvements, especially in the peak of the afternoon.

Ofcom attributes this to an additional investment capacity of the network, although the Thinkbroadband news site noted that a criticism of the BBC Watchdog investigation was likely to have stimulated the field.

Of the virgin “of up to 200 Mbps” package was selected for the delivery of the fastest measures the download speed, with an average of 193.6 Mbps over a 24-hour period.

But Ofcom said that the company had launched an even faster 300 Mbps offering in 2017. However, very few of their volunteers had subscribed to generate a report.