Headline NewsOfcom reports increase in broadband speeds but expert wary of progress

Ofcom reports increase in broadband speeds but expert wary of progress

Ofcom has reported that the average UK speed has increased to 12 Mbps but expert says rural dwellers are stuck in 'digital ghettos'.

Ofcom reports increase in avg broadband speeds but expert wary of progress
“Increase in the avg number of connected devices in UK homes is driving the need for speed”

According to Ofcom’s latest report into fixed-line residential broadband speeds, the average UK speed has increased to 12 Mbps which means it has more than trebled in the last four years.

Ofcom’s chief executive Ed Richards said that “the increase in the average number of connected devices in UK homes is driving the need for speed” and consumers are adopting faster broadband packages as they are using bandwidth-heavy services.

However, telecoms expert Dominic Baliszewski is critical of progress: “This report will be cold comfort to rural dwellers stuck in ‘digital ghettos’ who are struggling to get more than a few megabits per second.”

The government’s vision for UK broadband to be fastest in Europe by 2015 is a long way from being realised,” he added.

Moreover, a poll done by ISPreview.co.uk of 782 UK internet users revealed that 71% of respondents felt the government is making poor progress towards improving broadband infrastructure.

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