While ninety per cent of all UK households are able to receive some sort of broadband service, even if it as low as 0.256 Mbps, the government’s plans to provide all households with a minimum up-to-2 Mbps broadband service may prove to be a connection too far.
The final ten per cent of homes looks as if it could be the hardest hurdle of all, especially with the imminent roll out of the £1.5 billion next generation broadband project by BT, which promises to provide a connection speed of up to 50 Mbps.
According to PointTopic, the areas with the most households out of reach of 2Mbps, are Northern Ireland with 32.2%, Wales with 26.9% and finally the South West with 19.9%.
There is no quick fix either. At some stage these areas that have no broadband access are simply going to have to have a fibre optic cable laid in order to bring broadband into the area.