Average broadband speeds up on last year...
According to industry regulator Ofcom, the average home broadband speed in the UK rose by 18% last year. The annual home broadband report, which monitors speeds year-on-year, says that the average speed has now risen to 64Mbps compared with 54.2Mbps last year. This continues the 18% growth, which has been experienced annually over the last few years.
Interestingly, however, coronavirus, which has prompted more home working and time spent at home, has delivered a small dip in speeds, of around 2%. Ofcom's assessment is that the network is "holding up well" despite the increased demand of the pandemic. Of all the providers, Virgin Media was the worst affected by home working, with dips in their speed of almost 10%, however, the report also notes that the provider offers higher speeds than most providers so customers are unlikely to have noticed.
The main body of the report, which covers data from 2019, found that 75% of UK households are using "superfast" broadband package with speeds of over 30Mpbs or higher. In reality, speeds are marginally slower, with 69% of people achieving 30Mbps or more, including 17% of homes on 100Mbps or higher, and 3% achieving more than 300Mbps. At the other end of the scale, 13% of homes still have connections of 10Mbps or less and 18% of homes have packages between 10Mbps and 30Mbps. Full-fibre broadband is up by a fifth since last year, but is still only accessible to 12% of homes. Ultrafast broadband availability (300mpbs or higher) crept upward by 2% to 5% of households.
This information proves interesting when we consider the uptake in home working and the potential future of office working, with individuals reliant on private connections to deliver their work. How have you found home working? Has your connection stood up to the task?