By Max Clarke

Speed and availability of ‘superfast’ broadband services continues to grow, with UK households seeing a 10% jump in broadband speeds over the past 6 months.

A gulf between consumers with superfast fibreoptic connections and those with the more dated, copper ADSL lines is growing, the government’s telecoms regulator, Ofcom, said today.

“The UK broadband market has transformed since Ofcom first published its research two and a half years ago. By publishing this research, Ofcom has encouraged ISPs to invest in faster broadband networks; we are now seeing consumers increasingly move to higher rated services and enjoying genuinely faster speeds,” said Ofcom Chief Executive, Ed Richards.

Ofcom’s research found that superfast services offer significantly faster speeds than copper ADSL broadband, with much smaller differences — or no difference — between headline speed claims and actual speeds.

However, over 75 per cent of UK residential broadband connections are currently delivered by copper ADSL telephone lines. Speeds for these consumers depend on the length and quality of the line running from their home to the local exchange. The closer a consumer lives to the exchange, the better the performance.

“Consumers also have access to better broadband information, allowing them to decide which provider to use based on actual speeds they can achieve at home,” continued Richards.

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