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Telecoms regulator Ofcom has announced it has altered the definition of “ultrafast” broadband speeds from over 100Mbps to more than 300Mbps.

The announcement comes as part of Ofcom's Connected Nations 2015 report, which claims that 83% of premises across the UK now have access to a fixed line superfast broadband service of over 30Mbps.

However, it is the change in definition to the term "ultrafast" that is likely to be seen as the most curious highlight, with the decision to move it to cover minimum Internet download speed of 300Mbps likely to annoy providers like Virgin Media and others that have marketed ultrafast services as those starting from 100Mbps.

Reports suggested Virgin was looking at launching a 300Mbps service this year and this news may cause those rumours to surface again in the new year.  

In a statement, Ofcom defended its decision to change the definition, claiming: “There is not yet a consensus on a definition for these ultrafast services, with views on the minimum download speed ranging from 100Mbps to 1Gbps."



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