Swindon tops UK broadband penetration rates


Swindon tops UK broadband penetration rates

Antony Savvas

Swindon has the UK’s highest broadband penetration rate, with 51% of households there having broadband connections.

In a survey of broadband connection rates by research group Point Topic, it was found that other towns with high broadband penetration included Watford, Wokingham, Milton Keynes and High Wycombe – all in the south east with relatively well-off populations.

Point Topic said Swindon was well served by both DSL and cable broadband infrastructures.

It found that broadband penetration rates were much higher when NTL’s cable network was competing with fixed line phone services from BT and others.

Merthyr Tydfil, Dundee and Carlisle were towns with some of the lowest broadband penetration levels. But rural areas in Northern Ireland and Scotland had the lowest take-up of all.

The UK’s highest broadband penetration rates are:

Swindon - 51%
Wokingham - 49.3%
High Wycombe - 48.7%
Milton Keynes - 48.5%
Watford - 48.4%

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