The new broadband speed report has been published by the UK’s telco regulator Ofcom which shows that the average fixed-line broadband speed in the UK is now 17.8Mbps. However many households in rural areas are still experiencing considerably slower speeds. Most of this growth has been pinned on the continued rollout of superfast FTTC (Fibre to the Cabinet) and FTTP (Fibre to the Premises) by BT, as part of its own network upgrade and BDUK (Broadband Delivery for the UK) as well as Virgin Media’s speed boosting program.
One key reason for the slower speeds in rural areas is the limited availability of superfast broadband services. In addition, broadband speeds over copper ADSL networks are generally slower in rural areas because of the longer distances to the telephone exchange. Source
“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. Improving speeds in rural areas is a priority for the government which has committed funding to ensure superfast broadband is more widely available across the UK. It has reported it is on course to reach 90 percent superfast coverage by early 2016,” said Ofcom chief executive Ed Richards.