Over a quarter of Brits have no access to super-fast broadband header image

Published: 25th Oct 2013

Over a quarter of UK households are without access to a super-fast broadband connection, according to new figures. 

Ofcom's Infrastructure Report has revealed 27 per cent of homes do not have the potential to receive a high-speed service, although this is down from 35 per cent in 2012. 

While 73 per cent of households could feasibly receive super-fast broadband, the actual take up of the technology is much lower, with only 22 per cent of the UK's connections reaching these speeds. 

High-speed availability is most common in Northern Ireland where it is accessible to 96 per cent of homes. It stands at 76 per cent in England, 52 per cent in Scotland and 48 per cent in Wales.

There is a clear difference between urban and rural areas, with total super-fast coverage at 88 per cent and 25 per cent respectively. Availability in rural Wales and Scotland is as low as nine per cent.

Ofcom's report also revealed just under eight per cent of premises in the UK as a whole only have access to speeds of less than two Mbps. This figure is even higher in Northern Ireland and Wales, where it reaches 12 per cent. 

Such slow speeds are insufficient to take advantage of many of the benefits provided by the internet and a significant number of people across the UK are affected by this problem. 

An ideal alternative for such individuals is satellite broadband. This technology is available anywhere in the UK and can deliver speeds of up to 20 Mbps regardless of location, as the connection is provided by signals sent from a satellite in space. 

Ofcom's report also claimed the average connection speed in the UK now stands at 17.6 Mbps, up from 12.7 Mbps last year. However, this is far higher than the figure reported by Akamai in its latest State of the Internet Report, which found the country's average speed is 8.4 Mbps.