Ofcom has today launched the UK’s first interactive map of fixed
broadband, using actual data provided by communications
providers about the UK’s broadband infrastructure.
Ofcom is required to submit a report on the UK’s communications
infrastructure to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and
Sport every three years. As the first stage of meeting our
infrastructure duty, Ofcom is publishing the online map, which
allows users to zoom in and out of administrative authorities of
the UK and provides a range of data to offer a picture of
broadband provision in each area.
The map, available at http://maps.ofcom.org.uk/broadband/,
was compiled using data provided by communications providers and
covers 200 administrative authorities. Specifically it covers:
availability of superfast
broadband (the percentage of addresses which are within the
coverage area of superfast broadband networks);
average broadband take-up
(excluding superfast broadband connections);
average actual speeds for ADSL
and cable services (excluding superfast broadband) averaged
across each area; and
the percentage of homes with broadband currently not
receiving 2Mbit/s speeds.
Each area has been ranked according to a score given for
each of the above measures and colour coded with green
ranking highest, and red lowest. The four metrics have also
been combined to produce an overall view of broadband in
different parts of the UK.
UK fixed-line broadband information
Across the UK as a whole, 68 per cent of UK premises have a
fixed broadband connection, and the average maximum speed is
7.5Mbit/s (excluding superfast broadband connections).
The City of Brighton & Hove has the highest take-up of fixed
broadband services with 80 per cent.
The City of Edinburgh has the fastest average maximum speeds,
with 10.1Mbit/s with the City of Bristol just behind with
The City of Edinburgh and City of Bristol also have the lowest
percentage of people receiving less than 2Mbit/s (4.5 per cent).
Some 58 per cent of addresses are in areas served by a superfast
broadband enabled telephone exchange ***or cable network.
Luton, in England, and Newtownabbey in Northern Ireland have the
highest percentage of addresses served by a superfast broadband
enabled exchange (100 per cent).
Superfast broadband availability across Northern Ireland is very
high, with 97 per cent of addresses served by a superfast
broadband enabled exchange (although superfast services will not
necessarily be available to all addresses). This follows the
completion of major investment in superfast broadband by the
Department of Enterprise Trade and Investment in Northern
Ireland, in conjunction with BT. BT has announced plans to bring
superfast broadband to 88 per cent of lines in the country by
Fourteen per cent of customers who have fixed broadband
connections (excluding superfast broadband connections) are
currently receiving speeds of less than 2Mbit/s. Some of these
customers could improve their speeds by making changes to their
in-home telephone wiring and around 6 per cent have the option
to switch to a higher speed cable and fibre based broadband
More rural areas tend to have lower speeds and a greater
proportion of customers who receive speeds less than 2Mbit/s.
This is primarily because copper telephone lines tend to be
longer in these areas and broadband speeds delivered over these
lines reduce with increasing line length.
In addition, the low housing density also makes it more
expensive to build new superfast cable and fibre-based networks
in these areas.
Assessing the UK’s infrastructure
Ofcom’s first infrastructure report will be submitted to the
Secretary of State later this year and Ofcom intends to build on
this map and provide additional information.
Ofcom is publishing this map now following a request from
Government to provide information on broadband availability,
take-up and speeds in the UK.
This data will be useful to local authorities in developing
their broadband plans and should help to speed up the delivery
of improved broadband infrastructure to UK citizens and
Ofcom expects to update the maps with new data on an annual
The full report including methodology can be found here.
Ofcom Chief Executive, Ed Richards, said: “We are now developing
a clear picture of the UK’s fixed broadband infrastructure and
how it delivers for consumers. We hope that this information
will stimulate further rollout of broadband infrastructure and
better performance for households and businesses.”