Internet Speed Trebles
Date posted: March 25th, 2013
Internet speeds within the UK have never been disastrous however we still somehow manage to complain. Now it is believed that the particularly average internet speeds in the United Kingdom have climbed into double figures for the first time and astonishingly managed to rise by a third in just under six months according to new reports in which were released by communications regulator Ofcom. The reports were released this month and revealed that internet connection speeds hit on average of 12 megabits per second or Mbps in November of 2012. Up to 9 megabits per second was recorded within May of last year and more than three times the speeds in which were on offer five years ago in 2008.
This sudden rise of internet speed connection has said to been triggered by the more available superfast fibre optic networks such as BT and Virgin Media which expand their networks. Fibre has been made available from BT with a rate of 100,000 homes per week and within the two companies’ networks, two thirds of the population is covered by superfast broadband.
Ed Richards, who is the chief executive of Ofcom stated that “Our research shows that UK consumers are adopting faster broadband packages to cater for their increasing use of bandwidth-heavy services such as video streaming,”
“The increase in the average number of connected devices in UK homes is also driving the need for speed.” The regulator said more than one in ten people now use superfast connections.
The rollout of superfast broadband has recently been made a priority from the government and Jeremy Hunt the former culture secretary last year stated that the UK would have the fastest broadband in Europe come 2015. However, the United Kingdom still slightly lacks behind various countries when it comes to terms of coverage and trails countries like the Netherlands.