Availability of communications services

Availability of services can differ depending on location.

These documents set out a high-level analysis of the availability of communications services in the UK, and in UK cities.

Since 2013, alongside the Connected Nations report, we have published a research paper entitled “Economic Geography: An analysis of the determinants of 3G and 4G coverage in the UK”. This includes an econometric analysis of factors that affect the level of 3G and 4G mobile coverage available to consumers in different areas.

The Economic Geography 2018 report sets out to update that analysis using 3G and 4G coverage data for 2018.

Older reports

Our Economic Geography 2017 report shows coverage across the UK is generally very good with a high probability that there will be good coverage by all four MNOs, especially in urban areas.

In 2016, Ofcom published its latest report on the availability of communications services across the UK, which analysed 3G and 4G coverage. It is an update of the 2015 report.

The 2014 report showed that there were significant gaps in the availability of standard and superfast broadband services in sampled UK cities, and proposed a range of possible explanations for this.

The inaugural report in May 2013 focused on the differences between urban and rural areas, particularly in the nations.