Following on from the recent Point-Topic data, BT Wholesale has published some data for larger areas showing the levels of ADSL take-up. Interestingly it shows the highest take-up levels are in some of the more rural areas.
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These figures represent take-up for ADSL services, so exclude any households able to get Virgin Media Cable services, though there are unlikely to be that many across an area like Aberdeenshire. BT Wholesale has around 855,000 wholesale broadband connections in Scotland, with 10.9 million spread across the remainder of the UK. The figure of 855,000 connections should be viewed in the context that Scotland has around 2,270,000 households with over 5 million inhabitants.
While the take-up levels look a lot lower than recent Point-Topic data, the BT Wholesale figures cover much larger areas, and thus will include some areas where take-up is poor, either due to people not wanting it or an inability to get a service they are happy with. The data does gives no idea of the speeds of service people are achieving, but even if a basic 0.5Mbps is what many have, this is considerably better than a 56K modem service which probably connected at a maximum of 0.041Mbps for many people.