Ofcom: full-fibre broadband now available to 8 % of the UK

UK mobile operators

As per the latest data on broadband and mobile availability from Ofcom, nearly 2.5 million UK homes and businesses can now access full-fibre broadband.

The  interim update to Ofcom annual Connected Nations report, which is based on the data collected from broadband and mobile companies in May 2019, says full-fibre broadband is now available to 8 percent of the UK – up from 7 percent in our last update.

This is an increase of 400,000 properties between January and May this year, Ofcom said.

Nearly 2.5 million homes and businesses can get full-fibre broadband. This is an increase of more than one million properties in the last year, with full fibre now being rolled-out at its fastest ever rate.

Ultrafast broadband, with download speeds of at least 300Mbit/s, is now available to 54 percent of UK properties – up from 53 percent, the report said.

The availability of superfast broadband, with download speeds of at least 30 Mbit/s, has increased, although the rounded proportion of properties able to access it remains at 95 percent.

The number of people unable to get decent broadband, with download speeds of at least 10 Mbit/s, and upload of 1 Mbit/s, continues to fall and now stands at around 578,000 properties (2 percent), down from 860,000 within a year.

Indoor mobile 4G coverage from all four mobile networks remains at 77 percent, while geographic 4G coverage from all four networks remains at 66 percent.

Geographic 4G coverage from at least one network stands at 91 percent. This means that 9 percent of the UK’s landmass does not feature 4G coverage from any operator.