Rural broadband subscribers outstrip urban neighbours says Ofcom


Rural broadband subscribers outstrip urban neighbours says Ofcom

Antony Savvas

Rural areas of the UK are better connected to broadband than their urban neighbours, a new Ofcom report says.

The report shows that, for the first time, there is a greater proportion of households with broadband in the rural parts of the UK than there are in urban areas.

Across the UK as a whole, 59% of households in rural areas now have broadband, compared to 57% of urban areas.

When broadband was first introduced in the UK in 2000, there were concerns that providers would cherry-pick more populated urban areas and that rural areas would miss out.

Initially, this was the case, but the Ofcom report seems to show that major broadband build-outs by the providers have now given rural areas a better deal when it comes to connectivity, although some rural areas still complain about missing out.

WiMAX long-range wireless broadband technology is seen as a possible solution to filling in UK broadband gaps.

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