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Ofcom says average home broadband speed up to 12Mbps in November

Friday, March 15th 2013 by Cable.co.uk
Average home broadband speed up to 12Mbps in November, says Ofcom

New Ofcom figures show a further upturn in UK broadband speeds.

The UK's average home broadband speed more than trebled in the four years to November 2012, according to Ofcom.

New research from the communications regulator showed that the average residential user could expect to receive speeds of 12Mbps last November, up from just 3.6Mbps at the same point in 2008. The latest figure represents an increase of one-third - or 3.1Mbps - over the preceding six months.

Ofcom attributed this upturn to the growing prevalence of higher-speed broadband services, with 77 per cent of consumers with a fixed-line connection subscribed to packages advertising headline speeds above 'up to' 10Mbps - an increase of 19 percentage points on the figure recorded a year earlier.

The proportion of super-fast broadband subscriptions is also on the up. Some 13 per cent of household connections offered these speeds in November 2012, compared with just five per cent in the corresponding month of 2011.

Ed Richards, chief executive of Ofcom, said: "Our research shows that UK consumers are adopting faster broadband packages to cater for their increasing use of bandwidth-heavy services such as video streaming."

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