As a collective of well over 20 million fixed line broadband connections the UK has recorded an average of 18.7 Mbps in May 2014 according to the latest research from Ofcom, which used a weighted analysis of 956 connections to derive a UK wide figure.
The relative speeds of the technologies is no surprise, Ofcom indicates a speed of 42 Mbps for Virgin Media in May 2014, and looking at our speed test results we show a figure of 41.6 Mbps as the median for cable services, and looking at more recent data it has continued to climb with our speed test revealing a result of 45.4 Mbps. Virgin Media started to boost speeds in February 2014 when it started its latest speed upgrade programme to ensure that it stays at the top of the speed tables, and this crown is safe until such time as the FTTH/B providers become more widely available.
Ofcom has observed that the gap between rural and urban broadband speeds has narrowed slightly, this will largely be down to the lag in take-up of the commercial FTTC services and the roll-out via the BDUK process starting to deliver in volume during 2014. The problem is that particularly with the large projects that large areas like Conwy in Wales still appear to be missing out as the Superfast Cymru project is so large that it is taking time to crawl across the Welsh countryside. Though one should not draw any firm conclusions on the Ofcom data due to small volume of data from rural areas.