The UK is actually slipping down the European mobile & broadband connectivity charts, despite millions being pumped into superfast broadband. Here’s a little bit of insight into why…
The first reason is because other countries are investing more in new high tech fibre and wireless technologies.
What we call ‘superfast’ is actually quite a limited and outdated technology – broadband is improving only slowly in the UK because of the Government’s determination to rely on BT’s old metal/fibre hybrid network.
The gap between our network and the rest of Europe will only get bigger over time as other countries invest in faster technology. This is particularly important for UK businesses – we don’t want other countries eating our lunch.
What is a lot more high-tech are our local pure fibre-optic and wireless broadband networks that we provide – a much more modern and future-proof technology.
Having said that, some efforts are being made to introduce 300Mbps and above to the “majority” of the UK but sadly the technology chosen for this has severe limitations too.
Secondly, mobile communications in this country are deteriorating rapidly in terms of both coverage and quality.
This is due to the rapid growth in demand brought about by the spread, and increasing use, of smartphones while even 3G, let alone 5G which is just round the corner, is not widely available.
The situation is greatly eased in those countries that have obliged mobile operators to adopt a national roaming agreement but the UK Government has failed to insist on such an agreement in this country.
Here’s some more info about where the UK’s mobile and broadband connectivity ranks in comparison to other European countries. Not much we can do to help you directly on this one, but you might like to push Ofcom and your MP.
Do of course feel free to give James a call if you’d like to know more about how you can future-proof your broadband on 01228 217171 or email me.
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