According to Ofcoms’s Connected Nations Report 2020 coverage of faster, more reliable broadband services is improving across the UK. Gigabitcapable broadband – able to provide speeds of 1 Gbit/s – can be delivered over full fibre networks and the latest versions of hybrid fibre/coaxial cable networks.
Gigabit speeds are now available to 7.9 million (27%) homes. In most UK nations, gigabit-capable coverage is higher in urban areas than in rural ones.
Just over five million (18%) UK homes now have access to full fibre connections – an increase of 8 % points or just over 2 million premises in the past year. This is the largest year-on-year increase in full fibre coverage that we have seen so far. Full fibre and gigabitcapable availability is highest in urban areas in Northern Ireland, and lowest in rural areas of Scotland.