Ofcom has published an update to its annual Connected Nations report and it shows a positive growth in the coverage of next generation fibre optic and ultrafast broadband services. However there remains a small but significant percentage of homes and business which cannot get a basic 10Mbps fixed line connection.
Connected Nations was last published in December 2017 using data gathered in May and June 2017, but this latest update uses data from January 2018.
From May 2017 to January 2018 there was a 9% increase in the availability of ultrafast broadband with a download speed of 300Mbps+, a 2% growth in access to 30Mbps+ and 1% growth of full fibre broadband access.
But there was only a 1% fall in the number of premises unable to access broadband that meets the Universal Service Obligation of 10Mbps download and 1Mbps. This still leaves around 930,000 homes and business without a basic level of fixed line broadband services. The USO is not yet law, but is currently planned to be enforced in 2020 at which time every premises will have the right to request a minimum 10Mbps broadband connection.
On the mobile front, there was a 10% increase in indoor 4G coverage and a 14% increase in total 4G geographic coverage. Coverage for 3G and 4G data services also grew from 63% in 2017 to 70% this year.