Average UK Broadband Speeds Rocket by 41 Per Cent in a Year

By Gary Cutlack on at

The rise of the fibre network had an enormous impact on the UK's average broadband speeds over the last 12 months, with the average internet user now connected to the online world of infinite fun at a lightning 7.9Mbps.

The data, compiled by Akamai, is no doubt skewed by some high-end fibre users pushing the 60-70Mbps speed, but even so. The rise of superfast connections means 20 per cent of the country can now hit a connection of over 10Mbps, with 73 per cent of the UK able to connect at speeds higher than 4Mbps.

Meanwhile, regulator Ofcom says the ISPs are doing a better job of warning users about the differences between advertised and expected real-world connection speeds when signing up for new broadband installations, but there's still a lot to be done in terms of telling users that in-house tech issues like distances between hardware and sources of interference can also adversely hit maximum speeds. [Telegraph]