Million Britons miss out on 'first rate' broadband speeds

Ofcom: Still no decent broadband for 1m

Million still lack 'decent' broadband despite narrowing digital divide

Many places can not obtain these speeds because they are in rural areas that are far from telephone exchanges or street cabinets through which broadband is delivered.

In a report via SkyNews, Ofcom has reported that in the United Kingdom, over a million homes are still without a "decent" broadband speed.

The Connected Nations report also highlighted some of the progress being made in delivery of superfast broadband services of over 30Mbps, and ultrafast broadband services of over 100Mbps - which includes gold standard fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) connections.

Last year, about 1.6 million United Kingdom properties were in this position.

The communications watchdog now defines this as broadband offering a download speed of at least 10Mbit/s, with an upload speed of at least 1Mbit/s - although it expects these requirements to increase over time.

Access to superfast broadband - defined by Ofcom as a download speed of 30 Mbps or more - improved to 91 percent of United Kingdom homes and small businesses (27 million) by May from 89 percent (25.5 million) a year earlier.

"Everyone should have good access to the internet, wherever they live and work", he added. "So we are supporting plans for universal broadband, and promoting investment in full-fiber technology that can provide ultra-fast, reliable connections".

Jan 30, 2009 - The European Commission has proposed the allocation of €20million to both Cyprus and Malta as part of a €5billion investment in the EU's energy, internet broadband infrastructure and Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

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Despite fiber and high-speed broadband roll-outs in the United Kingdom, a recent Ofcom report has found that for many, broadband speeds are still too slow.

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The research also found that almost six in ten households and offices can now receive an indoor 4G mobile signal from all four major networks, up from 40 per cent past year.

Eight out of ten rural homes and businesses are in "blackspots" for mobile broadband, new figures have shown.

Thirty per cent of the United Kingdom does not have good enough mobile coverage to make calls and texts on all four networks.

In some cases the signal is so poor people are unable to make calls or send text messages. The requirements would be written into licences of operators who are awarded "700 MHz' frequencies, which are suitable for providing strong coverage over very wide areas". Ofcom will report on mobile companies' compliance with these obligations early next year, and any possible enforcement action if they fall short. The auction is now subject to legal appeal by BT/EE and Three, which Ofcom hopes can be resolved promptly in the interests of mobile users.

'But modern smartphones need a stronger signal than older mobile phones, so we're planning new targets to improve reception, as we continue to release more mobile airwaves'. In October Ofcom chose to allow controlled, unlicensed use of mobile phone "repeaters", which amplify signals between a mobile phone and the operators' transmitter. As a nation, we are using 13 times more mobile data than just five years ago.

"The public and our economy depend on mobile coverage that allows people to call, text or get online wherever they are", he said.

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