All the latest UK technology news, reviews and analysis

Ofcom suggests 8Mbps as new minimum broadband speed

01 Nov 2013

Ofcom has said 8Mbps is the new minimum download speed required for a web user in the UK as part of a push by the nation to ensure everyone can use the internet at a functional level.

Officially the government has been working towards a 2Mbps minimum connectivity speed for citizens under its Broadband Delivery UK framework. However, with web services increasing in sophistication all the time, the need for ever-faster speeds means the 2Mbps threshold is out of date.

Speaking on Thursday an event in Westminster, attended by V3, the chief executive of Ofcom Ed Richards said that to him it now appears that a connection of 8Mbps is the basic speed required to make the most of the web.

“In our Infrastructure Report, what you see very clearly is a big gap between those people with 8Mbps or more and those with less,” he said.

“It seems to be the case if you have less than 8Mbps you just use networks less, so there is a really interesting question about what, in the longer term, we mean by universal connectivity.”

The comments are not the first time Ofcom has made clear that the old 2Mbps threshold is too slow, with a senior policy director saying earlier this year that he thought the speed would prove insufficient in the near future.

Currently the average connection speed achieved by UK web users is 14.7Mbps, according to recent Ofcom data, although millions of homes and businesses will be seeing far lower speeds than this number. Average upload speeds are also low, at 1.8Mbps.

The demand for faster internet services is growing all the time, with BT reporting on Thursday that it now has over two million users of its fibre services over its Openreach network, with 1.7 million of these customers on BT Retail.

  • Comment  
  • Tweet  
  • Google plus  
  • Facebook  
  • LinkedIn  
  • Stumble Upon  
Dan Worth

Dan Worth is the news editor for V3 having first joined the site as a reporter in November 2009. He specialises in a raft of areas including fixed and mobile telecoms, data protection, social media and government IT. Before joining V3 Dan covered communications technology, data handling and resilience in the emergency services sector on the BAPCO Journal

View Dan's Google+ profile

More on Networks
What do you think?
blog comments powered by Disqus

Work location poll - office, remote or home?

Where do you spend most time working on your primary work device?

Popular Threads

Powered by Disqus
LG G Flex 2 hands-on review

CES 2015: LG G Flex 2 video

A closer look at LG's latest curved-screen smartphone

Updating your subscription status Loading

Get the latest news (daily or weekly) direct to your inbox with V3 newsletters.

newsletter sign-up button

Beacon technology: what are the opportunities and how does the technology work?

This paper seeks to provide education and technical insight to beacons, in addition to providing insight to Apple's iBeacon specification


Converting big data and analytics insights into results

Successful leaders are infusing analytics throughout their organisations to drive smarter decisions, enable faster actions and optimise outcomes

Data Delivery Analyst (French Speaking)

Data Delivery Analyst (French Speaking) Using...

Software Engineer (Java) - Contract

Software Engineer (Java), Cambridge 3 month contract...

Junior HTML Email Developer

Your main responsibilities will be to code clean and...

Data Scientist - R, Python, Machine Learning, SQL, Statistics, Analytics, Maths, Hadoop

Senior Data Scientist - Python | Hadoop | R | Machine...
To send to more than one email address, simply separate each address with a comma.