Insights Ofcom publishes Connected Nations summer update, as well as research on home broadband speeds and on mobile usage

New figures published in Ofcom’s Connected Nations summer update show that just under seven million (24%) of all UK homes can take-up full-fibre internet packages, up from 21% at the start of the year.

Nearly 12 million (40%) of UK homes can now get gigabit-capable broadband (able to deliver download speeds of up to 1 Gbit/s), which has increased from 37% in January. However, around 134,000 UK properties are still unable to get a decent connection. These properties could be eligible for an upgrade under the broadband universal service.

Ofcom also measured the speeds and performance of broadband services at over 2,500 households as part of its UK Home Broadband Speeds Performance research. Eighty-five per cent of those have taken up superfast packages, up from 75% in November 2019, i.e. before the pandemic led to mass home working and learning.

Take-up of these faster packages is reflected in the higher average speeds households are getting. The median average broadband speed recorded in Ofcom’s research was 50.4 Mbit/s, up 20% on the average speed in November 2019 (42.1 Mbit/s).

Ofcom has also published its Mobile Matters research, which reveals that the pandemic has led to a continued shift in how people use their mobiles. This shows that people using Android handsets spent nearly three quarters (73%) of their time online connected to Wi-Fi, rather than their mobile network, reflecting more time spent at home. To access the Connected Nations Summer Update, click here. To access the Home Broadband Speeds Performance research, click here. To access the Mobile Matters research, click here.