Is the UK doing enough to build digital infrastructure of the future?


Ofcom has released a report outlining the future challenges facing the UK’s communications infrastructure as the growing needs of consumers and businesses continue to grow.

According to Ofcom’s Infrastructure Report 2014, the UK is making good progress in the roll-out and take-up of key communications services, but is failing to maintain pace with broadband and mobile availability.

Although the overall availability and quality of broadband services is getting better, Ofcom’s report suggests that rural areas aren’t being connected fast enough, there are too many under-served ‘city not-spots’, a lack of superfast broadband for SME’s – and looking ahead, a lack of ultrafast broadband foresight.

Ed Richards, Ofcom Chief Executive, said: “Digital infrastructure is crucial to the UK’s future. As a country we are continuing to make real progress, particularly in the roll out and take-up of superfast broadband and 4G mobile services.

“But there is more to be done. We need to continue asking whether collectively we are doing enough to build the infrastructure of the future, and to maintain the competition that benefits consumers and businesses.”

The research found that the average UK household or small business is downloading 53 Gigabytes (GB) of data on their fixed broadband line every month – equivalent to 35 feature films, and a 77% increase on 2013. The average home is also uploading seven GB of data to the internet each month, equivalent to 3,500 digital photographs.

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