UK Home Broadband Performance

UK Home Broadband Performance

Ofcom has published its interactive UK Home Broadband Performance research which looks into the actual broadband speeds achieved by a sample of households across the UK during November 2020. The research is published as an interactive guide and includes data on download and upload speeds, performance by connection type and comparisons between urban and rural broadband speeds.

The latest figures show:

  • Broadband speeds continue to improve: the average (mean) download speed of UK residential fixed broadband services was 80.2 Mbit/s – an increase of 25% from 2019 when the average download speed was 64 Mbit/s.
  • Upload speeds increased by more than half: average (mean) upload speeds increased by 54% to 21.6 Mbit/s, as more households upgraded to faster services, including full fibre connections with very high upload speeds.
  • Rural households still get slower broadband, but the gap is narrowing: while average speeds in rural areas remain lower than in towns and cities, more than half (60%) of rural households could get superfast speeds of over 30Mbit/s during peak hours of the day, compared to almost three quarters (74%) of urban households.

Ofcom will publish a full report on home broadband performance in the autumn, including a more detailed analysis.


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