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Ofcom has today published its Connected Nations 2017 report, which provides an in-depth look at communications networks in the UK and its nations.

15/12/2017

The report outlines progress on the availability and take-up of broadband and mobile services. This year's report finds that, while coverage is steadily improving, around 1.1 million homes and offices still cannot get a decent broadband connection that meets a typical household's needs. The figure has fallen from 1.6 million premises last year. Access to superfast broadband - defined by Ofcom as a download speed of 30 Mbit/s or more - continues to improve and is now available to 91% of premises (27 million), up from 89% last year. Nearly six in ten premises (58%) can receive an indoor 4G mobile signal from all four networks, up from 40% last year. But while progress is being made, too many people in the UK still struggle to get a sufficiently strong signal - particularly in rural areas and on roads and railways. Ofcom's interactive coverage maps and smartphone app have been updated today. These tools provide clear, detailed information on the availability of mobile calling, text and data services in different parts of the country. Using updated data, these tools offer the most accurate ever picture of mobile coverage. Alongside today's report, Ofcom is publishing a more detailed version. Separate reports are also available covering England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

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