closedownarrowexternal-linklogo-verticalmenu-barsearch Skip to main content
Jump to navigation

The gap between broadband speeds in urban and rural parts of the UK appears to be narrowing, based on the latest figures from Ofcom.

According to the media regulator, broadband users in the countryside saw a bigger increase in average speeds in the six months to May 2014 than those living in towns and cities.

village countryside

The average rural connection was capable of delivering 13.6Mb - up by 20 per cent on last November.

By comparison, the average urban broadband line saw a five per cent increase in capability to 33.4Mb.

Typically, consumers living in built-up areas still have access to faster services, but it appears countryside connectivity is improving.

The ongoing rollout of fibre services under the government-funded Rural Broadband Scheme is gradually helping to reduce the digital divide.

Ofcom said the findings should be treated as indicative only, due to the relatively low take-up of super-fast broadband in rural areas.

But it is clear that more people living in the UK countryside have the opportunity to take advantage of value-adding online services.

Join the conversation

comments powered by Disqus

Stay up to date

  • Google+ Follow uSwitchTech
  • Subscribe to our RSS feed

Latest Comments

  • Angela 1 week ago Complaint over broadband... I have tried to claim my £200 cash back over the past 9 months which I have never received or had any...
  • Josh Cropper 1 week ago Government scheme gets superfast... 10Mbps by 2020? Careful guys... They're gonna hack super fast dial up into your eyes by 2030 at this...
  • David Longstaff 1 week ago How to fix Sky Q's 'too bright'... Swiping, or clicking, right brings up the last program pop up then pressing back removes it, with no...

Search news