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October 25, 2013

UK has nearly three quarters coverage with superfast broadband

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.

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March 22, 2010

Superfast broadband to all in UK by 2020

Superfast broadband is to be made available to every home in the UK by 2020 according to the Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

Currently there is plans that superfast broadband of 50Mb or above should be available to be available to 90% of the UK population by 2017, meaning that it would look like the remaining 10% of the rural areas that would be left would only take an extra 3 years to be connected up to the new superfast broadband.

Mr Brown said:

“Super-fast broadband is the electricity of the digital age. And I believe it must be for all — not just for some.”.

Labour expect to raise between £175m-£200m each year by charging a 50p per month (£6 per year) tax on each telephone line in the UK, with this money being used to help fund the roll ou8t of next generation broadband to rural areas where it does not make financial sense for companies for BT to fund the roll out to.

Mr Brown believes that it could help save the government billions of pounds and change the way public services are provided to us.
One of the ideas is that each person would have their own section on a central government website where they would be presented with all their own personalised information about Council tax, rubbish and recycling collections, doctors and dentists available to them and the local available schools and each persons hospital records.
The idea being that when a person changes address all their information can be taken with them meaning that they only need to update one website with their new address and the other organisations would automatically get updated with the new records too.

Although all the extra jobs that would be made by the plans,, an estimated 250,000 jobs, it would however potentially see the end of jobs for some, as passport offices, vehicle licensing and tax offices could all be closed within 10 years.

Superfast fibre broadband is currently available by Virgin Media and BT are currently starting their roll out of fibre optic broadband (BT Infinity) that aims to have 40% of UK premises covered by 2012.

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