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UK broadband school report published by Ofcom
Tuesday 05 March 2013 12:17:45 by Andrew Ferguson

Ofcom has published a scorecard showing how the UK is performing in comparison to its European neighbours and most importantly how close the UK is to meeting the ambition stated by Jeremy Hunt in August 2012 of 'I am today announcing an ambition to be not just the best, but specifically the fastest broadband of any major European country by 2015'.

Coverage EU5 Take-up and usage EU5 Speed EU5 Choice EU5
Standard broadband coverage =1/5 Standard broadband take-up 3/5 and 1/5 (*) Fixed download speed N/A Market concentration in fixed broadband market 1/5
Superfast broadband coverage 3/5 Superfast broadband take-up 3/5 Fixed upload speed N/A Market concentration in mobile broadband market =1/5
Mobile broadband coverage =1/5 Mobile broadband take-up 2/5 Mobile download speed N/A
    % accessing internet regularly 1/5
    % never used internet 1/5
    %buying goods or services 1/5
    % interacted with public authorities 3/5
1/5 equates to the best, 5/5 the worst performing
* 3/5 for broadband penetration per 100 people. 1/5 for broadband penetration per 100 households

The other major European countries apart from the UK are France, Germany, Italy and Spain. There is no scorecard scoring on speeds because Ofcom was unable to find comparable data across Europe, though the situation is under review.

The story is very much of the UK being sat in the middle with regards to superfast services, but as the data used to generate the scorecard is from 2011 the acceleration in speeds from the Openreach FTTC/FTTP roll-out and Virgin Media speed doubling programme are missing. Though of course other countries in Europe are also improving too, so we may find it hard to catch up and pass them.

The question that needs to be asked and the scorecard does not address this, is with the UK already embracing the digital economy, will better access to superfast broadband make as big a difference as some reports suggest?

Comments

Posted by herdwick about 1 year ago
"3/5 for broadband penetration per 100 people. 1/5 for broadband penetration per 100 households" - so have more people per household ??
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) about 1 year ago
@herdwick that appears to be the inference. Or it could be that single person households in the UK are simply not bothered about broadband
Posted by camieabz about 1 year ago
A reasonable percentage of single occupancy households will be the older generation. Many of them are not interested in broadband (which is fine - each to their own).

Is penetration a good metric versus availability? Should we be focussing at all on the places that broadband is not wanted?
Posted by AspieMum about 1 year ago
They should do a scorecard of what broadband speeds are actually acheivable in practice in & how many can get a usable mobile signal and is it 2G, 3G or 4G- yes some people living within a few miles of a city even still cannot get 3G or a reliable signal(I can't & I'm about 3 or 4 miles outside a city)
Posted by chasfgr about 1 year ago
I've reserves about the value of the data, especially the metrics being used which attempt to just rank UK against 5 other European countries.
Certainly in terms of mobile data, UK trails Greece in quality and is about x3 - x5 the price.
No comment about upload - mine is 5.0-5.6 on download and 0.38 - 0.41 in upload, far more asymmetric than say Finland or the Netherlands.
I think a whitewash job..
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