UK broadband users download 17gb of data a month

UK households with home broadband connections download an average of 17 gigabytes of data a month. This is equivalent to watching 11 movies or 12 hours of pre-recorded television content.

Regulator Ofcom released the figures in its comprehensive ‘Infrastructure Report’, based on Britain’s telecommunications network.

It looked at 200 areas in the UK and how well they support various technologies, including fixed broadband, mobile coverage and digital TV.

Ofcom noted that 14% of UK households receive less that 2Mbit per seconds in their broadband connection, compared to 58% that have access to superfast broadband.

Ernest Doku, technology expert at uSwitch.com, said: “These figures suggest that our broadband lines are fast replacing the airwaves as the primary way we receive TV and radio.”

Statistics also revealed that around 900,000 homes and businesses can’t get access to 2G signals, whereas 7.7 million have no access to 3G.

The report will be used to figure out how to tackle mobile ‘not-spots’ in the worst-affected areas with the £150m budget announced from the government.

Bob Warner, Communications Consumer Panel Chair, said: ““Ofcom’s commitment to work with the Government to allocate the £150m should improve the lives of millions of people and help the growth of thousands of small businesses.”

To learn more about the future of telecommunications, applications and how marketers, developers, businesses, brands and operators are benefiting from the market’s rapid growth, visit www.apps-world.net/northamerica on 1-2 November in New York, or www.apps-world.net/europe on 29-30 November in London, and hear from leading global brands and industry experts.

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