Along with the UK average speeds for the six months ending November 2011, Ofcom has issued an update to its map of local authorities and their relative performance in the broadband market. The regional data is not as recent since it was last updated in August 2011, so will not reflect the rapid pace at which Openreach is rolling out FTTC, and the ongoing upgrades from Virgin Media. The timing of the publication does help to provide a baseline by which we can judge the BDUK roll-outs in the future. Though we will probably have to wait a year or more for the projects to start delivering.
In terms of allowing individuals to see how their broadband stands in relation to others in the same area, this table is much more relevant than simply knowing the UK average. Our own maps.thinkbroadband.com allows you to drill right down to the street level and also is useful for checking whether people are successfully running a superfast service in an area.
The scoring system is not a simple 1 is best, 5 is worst, as people may have noticed that no area scored 1 for average sync speed. 1 applies to an area with 16 Mbps or faster, 2 is 10 Mbps to 16 Mbps, 3 is between 8 Mbps and 10 Mbps, 4 is 6 Mbps to 8 Mbps and the last category is slower than 6 Mbps. The full scoring system Ofcom uses can be found alongside on the Ofcom website.