Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Ofcom Finds Broadband Promises Fall Short

Ofcom, the official telecoms regulator in the UK, has found that average broadband download speeds remain less than half of "up to" speeds advertised by some Internet Service Providers (ISPs), particularly for current generation copper-based ADSL services.

The research shows that the average broadband speed increased from 5.2 Mbit/s (May 2010) to 6.2 Mbit/s (November/December 2010)* but was less than half (45 per cent) of the average advertised broadband speed of 13.8 Mbit/s.

Ofcom is recommending that if speeds are used in broadband advertising they should be based on a Typical Speeds Range (TSR), so consumers have a clearer idea of what speeds to expect.