Ultrafast broadband now available to most UK properties

02 May 2019

More than half of homes and businesses in the UK can now access ultrafast broadband, according to Ofcom’s latest data looking at the availability of broadband and mobile services.

Our Connected Nations report looks at progress being made to improve people’s access to better broadband and mobile, wherever in the UK they are.

The latest update, based on data from January 2019, shows improvements in both broadband availability and mobile coverage.

Broadband availability

Ultrafast broadband, which offers download speeds of at least 300 Mbit/s is now available to most UK properties for the first time. This has increased to 53%, up from 49% in September last year.

Superfast broadband, which offers download speeds of at least 30 Mbit/s is now available to 95% of UK properties, up from 94%.

Full-fibre broadband, which uses fibre cables all the way from the exchange to people’s homes, is now available to 7% of UK properties, up from 6%.

Meanwhile, the number of people unable to get decent broadband -offering download speeds of at least 10 Mbit/s, and upload speeds of 1 Mbit/s - has fallen by a third in the last year, to 619,000, or 2% of, UK properties.

Sharon White, Ofcom Chief Executive: “For the first time, a majority of homes and offices can now get ultrafast broadband – which allows people to work, stream and shop online at the same time.

“We’ve also seen the number of homes that can’t get decent broadband fall by a third in the last year. I think that progress is really encouraging, but it’s vital we keep it going. So we’re working with the Government to bring in the new universal broadband service, which will give everyone the right to request a decent connection. We’ll announce who’ll deliver the scheme in the summer.”

Mobile coverage

The data also shows 78% of UK premises can now get indoor 4G coverage from all four mobile networks – up from 77% in September last year. Meanwhile, 4G coverage from all four networks is now at 67% of the UK– up from 66%.

There has been a fall in the number of ‘total not-spots’ - areas not covered by any network – which now account for 8% of the UK, down from 9%.

We will publish our next update in the summer, with the full annual report coming out at the end of the year.