75% of the UK is now covered with superfast fibre optic broadband according to Ofcoms annual Infrastructure Report.
The report which Ofcom published yesterday showed that in June this year that 73% of premises in the UK were able to receive superfast broadband with speeds of 30Mb or above. This had risen from 65% last year. Take up of superfast broadband has seen the numbers who have it more than double in the last 12 months, with 22% connecting with it in June which represents 4.8 million and was up from just 10% last year when there was 2.1 million who had it.
Along with the growing popularity of superfast broadband sees the continuing trend of users using up more and more data. In June this year there was 650 million gigabytes of data sent or received by UK fixed line broadband connections, this was a hefty 26% rise over the same month last year. It is not surprising the amount of data being used is on a sharp upward trend, as faster and faster broadband connections become available then the options of streaming TV and movies through an internet connections and the use of higher bandwidth services also increases. Also, with more tablet devices also in people’s homes there are even more ways in which UK consumers are able to connect to the inrtenet and receive data.
Not only is it in our homes that demand for broadband has increased, the use of WiFi Hotspots now sees 2 million gigabytes of data in a month which is up from 0.75 million gigabytes the same time last year. WiFi Hotspots have doubled in number to 34,000, up from 16,000 the previous year. Businesses clearly see the demand and draw having a WiFi internet access has for customers.
Ocom’s Chief Executive, Ed Richards, said:
“Superfast broadband is rolling out fast across the country, and 4G mobile will reach at least 98% of the population. This is really good news but there remain considerable challenges, not least in hard-to-reach areas for mobile and home internet services.
We know consumers increasingly expect superfast speeds, but it’s also important to make sure people can connect over a very wide area. That is why we are doing everything we can to support moves to improve coverage in difficult areas such as roads and train lines.“