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Ofcom says 5% of British Homes Lack Sufficient Broadband

Ofcom says 5% of British Homes Lack Sufficient Broadband

5% of UK homes and businesses are still unable to access sufficiently fast broadband speeds, despite a rise in the number that can access the service over the past 12 months.

According to the Connected Nations 2016 report from Ofcom, 1.4 million homes and businesses across the UK lack a decent broadband connection, defined as 10Mbps or faster.

The figure is an improvement on last year’s figures when around 8% of UK properties did not meet the 10Mbps requirement.

Ofcom’s report is designed to keep tabs on the UK’s telecoms and wireless networks whilst monitoring potential connectivity blackspots.

The report found that rural areas remained underserved by broadband connectivity, with about a quarter of properties unable to access minimum connection speeds of 10Mbps or more.

The report stated that more needed to be done across the UK to ensure the final 5% of homes and businesses benefitted from adequate broadband speeds, along with the rest of the country.

Ofcom has made a series of technical recommendations to help inform the government’s decision-making process when deciding how best to deliver a universal broadband service that could benefit the whole of the UK.

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