Scotland still has lowest level of broadband connectivity header image

Published: 9th Oct 2015

The latest monthly update from thinkbroadband has revealed the places in the UK that have the best - and the worst - levels of broadband connectivity.

Unsurprisingly, the south east of England tops the list with 95.4 per cent of its population able to access fibre broadband. By contrast, only 5.9 per cent of Londoners have to make do with an internet connection of less than 15 mbps.

Other parts of the UK that are well-served with fibre broadband are London (95.2 per cent), the north east of England (93 per cent) and the East Midlands (93.8 per cent).

The area with the lowest proportion of fibre connections was Scotland, where the figure was only 82.8 per cent. A total of 13.3 per cent of Scots have an internet connection that is slower than 15 mbps. Other areas struggling with internet coverage are Wales (87.2 per cent), Yorkshire and the Humber (86.6 per cent) and the south west of England (87.4 per cent).

Of course, these figures do not take into account local variations within a region, so it is possible that an area in one of the best overall connection rates to have very poor internet access, and vice versa.

The government-backed Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) project aims to connect 95 per cent of the UK to broadband internet by 2017, although plans about how to help the remaining five per cent of homes and businesses have not been confirmed. The initiative was set up to help connect areas that were deemed commercially unprofitable by private companies, and is largely being run by BT.

However, BDUK has face some criticism for its focus on a fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) model, which can limit the potential internet speeds that areas covered by the project can receive. This is becoming more marked as companies who will provide fibre cables all the way to each house are able to offer ultrafast broadband, which can reach speeds of 200 mbps.