UK: Reference: First Interactive UK Fixed-Line Broadband Map Launched
Ofcom has today launched the UK’s first interactive map of fixed broadband, using actual data provided by communications providers about the UK’s broadband infrastructure.
Ofcom is required to submit a report on the UK’s communications infrastructure to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport every three years. As the first stage of meeting our infrastructure duty, Ofcom is publishing the online map, which allows users to zoom in and out of administrative authorities of the UK and provides a range of data to offer a picture of broadband provision in each area.
The map, available at http://maps.ofcom.org.uk/broadband/, was compiled using data provided by communications providers and covers 200 administrative authorities. Specifically it covers:
- availability of superfast broadband* (the percentage of addresses which are within the coverage area of superfast broadband networks);
- average broadband take-up (excluding superfast broadband connections);
- average actual speeds for ADSL** and cable services (excluding superfast broadband) averaged across each area; and
- the percentage of homes with broadband currently not receiving 2Mbit/s speeds.
Each area has been ranked according to a score given for each of the above measures and colour coded with green ranking highest, and red lowest. The four metrics have also been combined to produce an overall view of broadband in different parts of the UK.
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