Ofcom revealed that at least a million homes in the United Kingdom still couldn’t get fast broadband. According to the regulator’s research, 1.4 million households had broadband speeds no more than 10 Mbit/s, which is required in a typical home. At the same time, its 2016 report found that a million more households than in 2015 could now access such speeds.
The UK government promised to make at least 10 Mbit/s Internet speeds a universal service. In the frameworks of this promise, Ofcom announced discussions with mobile operators, calling them to improve 4G mobile data coverage in the country. While Ofcom recognizes that mobile and broadband coverage keeps growing, it also points out that too many people and businesses still can’t get a decent service. This is why the Internet regulator is challenging mobile operators to go beyond built-up areas and provide coverage across the countryside and transport networks. In respond, EE has already promised to bring 4G coverage to 95% of the UK landmass in the next 3 years.
Ofcom also reported that it had provided technical advice to support the plans for universal broadband, which the government requested earlier in 2016. There are 3 options: standard 10 Mbit/s, the one that also includes 1Mbit/s upload speeds, and 30 Mbit/s speeds. The regulator promised to monitor the universal service and recommended minimum speed to increase when necessary. Its report also revealed that coverage and quality of broadband in the country had increased in 2016: for example, the average download speeds grew by 28%, and about 30% of households are now using superfast broadband with download speeds from 30 Mbit/s.