UK broadband average hits 9Mbps

Super-fast roll out starting to kick in...
Darren Allan

August 15, 2012
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The average speed of a UK broadband connection is on the up and up according to Ofcom, thanks to the roll out of super-fast fibre across the country.

Both BT and Virgin Media are pushing out new fat pipes with speeds ten times faster (or indeed more than that) compared to basic 8Mbps ADSL.

That means that the average speed of a residential connection has increased to 9.0Mbps as of May, which is a pretty big jump on a year ago, when Ofcom estimated the average to be 6.8Mbps.

If you go back three years, the average connection was just 4.1Mbps, so speeds have more than doubled since 2009.

The increase isn’t all about the super-fast roll out though, as Ofcom notes that the continuing upgrades to ADSL2+ technology, which offers up to 24Mbps speeds, is also helping the average rise.

Ofcom’s stats show that in total 68 per cent of broadband users are now on packages with an advertised speed above “up to” 10Mbps, which is up from 48 per cent in May of last year.

8 per cent of connections were “super-fast”, which Ofcom defines as having an advertised speed of up to 30Mbps or more, in other words, beyond ADSL2+. That percentage has quadrupled year-on-year, up from 2 per cent.

Super-fast connections are also very slightly faster on average, moving up to 35.8Mbps, from 35.5Mbps last November.

The average speed delivered by a standard ADSL line also increased, from 5.3Mbps to 5.9Mbps.


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