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Over 1 mln United Kingdom premises unable to receive 10 Mbps broadband

Over 1 mln United Kingdom premises unable to receive 10 Mbps broadband

"Everyone should have good access to the Internet, wherever they live and work".

Around 1.1m properties - around 4 per cent of the country's premises - fail to receive broadband speeds to meet their needs, according to Ofcom's Connected Nations 2017 report.

According to Ofcom superfast broadband (30Mbps download speed) was available to 91pc of premises by May 2017, up from 89pc. "So we need to see mobile companies step up and prioritise improving coverage across the United Kingdom".

Households need at least 10Mbps download and 1Mbps upload speeds to get things done online, such as stream an HD movie.

Broadband speeds and access remain worse in rural areas, and around 17 percent of rural premises are not getting decent broadband services, compared to just 2 percent in urban areas, according to the report. "All too often, people simply don't get the service they've paid for", said Alex Neill, director of home products and services at consumer group Which?

Superfast broadband is available to more than nine in 10 United Kingdom households, making it one of the top countries for 30Mbps, according to the International Communications Market Report 2017 (PDF), which compared speeds and availability across 19 countries.

Ofcom said it is supporting the UK Government's plans for universal broadband, so homes and businesses across the country, including in rural and remote areas, have the right to request a broadband connection with a download speed of at least 10 Mbit/s, and an upload speed of at least one Mbit/s.

Interestingly, 90% of United Kingdom properties have access to "superfast" broadband, but it is bought by less than four in ten properties meaning there is still plenty of scope for the broadband speeds across United Kingdom properties as a whole to improve.

Ofcom said that improving coverage in rural areas was especially challenging in remote or mountainous parts of the United Kingdom, with both technical difficulties and less of a business case for installing masts. Although significant, the number has reduced over the past year.

In terms of mobile coverage, Ofcom found that almost six in ten premises could receive an indoor 4G mobile signal from all four networks, up from 40 percent a year ago.

He said: "In an age when access to a mobile signal is regarded as a must-have, it is deplorable that even in areas previously considered to have strong coverage, operators are still delivering such poor services that customers can struggle to make a quick phone call". Now only 43% of the UK's landmass can get signals from all four mobile operators. "As a nation, we are using 13 times more mobile data than just five years ago", added Unger. "Using our tools, mobile users can see which network offers the best service in areas where they live, work and travel, before they take out a new phone contract".

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