Hundreds of thousands of companies still don’t have access to fast internet connections according to figures released by Ofcom.
230,000 small businesses have been left unable to receive decent broadband of ten megabits per second, while around 500,000 SMEs don’t have access to super-fast internet. Firms in rural communities and business parks are suffering the most, where 65,000 small businesses cannot access a decent connection of ten megabits per second.
The figures are revealed as the government says internet providers will be legally obliged to meet user requests for speeds of at least 10 megabits per second from 2020.
Culture Secretary Karen Bradley said:
“We know how important broadband is to homes and businesses and we want everyone to benefit from a fast and reliable connection. We are grateful to BT for their proposal but have decided that only a regulatory approach will make high speed broadband a reality for everyone in the UK, regardless of where they live or work. This is all part of our work on ensuring that Britain’s telecoms infrastructure is fit for the future and will continue to deliver the connectivity that consumers need in the digital age.”
The UK still lags behind many parts of the world in terms of broadband speeds. In Japan, 97 per cent of connections have full-fibre lines, compared with just 3 per cent in the UK.