Ofcom launches interactive UK broadband map

Ofcom has launched the first ever interactive UK fixed line broadband map, bringing with it a clear picture of the country's best broadband speeds.

The map comprises of four different key broadband statistics. First up is the availability of super-fast broadband in an area, second is average broadband take-up, third is average speeds for ADSL and cable, and finally there is the percentage of homes receiving below 2Mbps. 

An impressive 68 per cent of the UK have a fixed line broadband connection, with 7.5 Mbps making up the average maximum speed. 

For those more interested in broadband speed and service wars, it looks like Edinburgh retains the crown, with both the fastest average maximum speed of 10.1Mbps, and just 4.5 per cent of people receiving below 2Mbps connections. 

Brighton and Hove is the quickest to adopt broadband, with 80 per cent of the area having fixed line services.

Super-fast broadband has made its home in Northern Ireland, which offers the largest number of homes that can be served by an ultra high speed exchange.

14 per cent of all people receiving broadband are dealing with super sluggish lower than 2Mbps connections. A lot of these are countryside dwellers, who's connections deteriorate as the distance from the exchange lengthens. Conventional copper cables used for broadband connections actually slow the further the home is from the exchange, fibre optics however can preserve the connection. 

It looks like Wales has been hit hardest by the super-slow internet bug. Plenty of areas have more than a quarter of residents suffering sub 2Mbps connections.

Fibre optics? Or you happy with cable? 



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