You might be experiencing poor download speeds and slow streaming, but there is hope for you. Ofcom in the UK has announced that 11 million UK homes will now be able to get faster internet speeds.
This is an increase of seven million compared to last year, which shows that FTTP technology has been rolled out at a faster pace.
If you were not already aware of FTTP, it improves matters significantly because the best broadband can be brought directly to your homes.
Many properties have high speed cable, but their final route to the router takes them through copper cables. These older cables can only handle maximum downloads of 70Mbps. This compares to full fibre technology which can handle over 1Gbps.
A full HD movie downloaded using copper lines takes approximately 10 minutes. The download time will drop to 40 seconds if you switch to the best fiber. FTTP is fast and can handle more traffic, so it doesn’t slow down at rush hour.
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Ofcom’s latest Connected Nations autumn update suggests that 37 percent of UK households can now get full-fibre. That’s an increase from 24 percent a year ago.
The number of properties unable to get a ‘decent’ broadband speed (10 Mbit/s download and 1 Mbit/s upload) has also fallen by 38 percent since last year to 83,000.
Ofcom has confirmed that more than three quarters (37%) have full fiber services. Full fibre coverage now stands at over 11,000,000, an increase of 9.6 million (33%), as reported in the Spring 2022 update. These numbers are mainly driven by deployments of larger fibre infrastructure operators, with support by smaller providers throughout the UK who serve specific communities or regions.
This boost is welcome, but there is still much to do before the UK Government reaches its superfast goals.
The original pledge stated that nationwide gigabit broadband would be available by 2025. In November 2020, the target was changed to 85 percent for all premises by 2025.
To get the faster speeds, you’ll need to contact your Internet Service Provider.
You will be paying more for download speeds that are faster than you need so only buy the upgrades you actually require.
An individual who wants to stream Netflix and send emails should not need more than 30Mbps.
However, streaming 4K video, downloading games, and making Zoom calls in a large house will all require faster internet speeds.
An active family doesn’t need slow internet and should upgrade to at least 200Mbps.