Broadband in 2020

Predictions about the future can often times be seen as a little far-fetched, but when they become reality it’s a completely different story.

Back to the Future II, an 80’s cult classic, sees Marty McFly transported from 1985 to 2015 in Doc Brown’s time traveling DeLorean. Marty is presented with 3D holograms, uses a touch screen handheld tablet, and is chased by a gang on hoverboards.

Now that 2015 has been and gone, and we actually have ‘hoverboards’, iPads, holograms, and virtual reality, it makes you think, what the future has in store for us? Elon Musk’s Hyperloop? Driverless cars that don’t crash? Or incredibly fast broadband?

Below are some facts, figures and exciting plans that will be going ahead for the UK to have superfast Broadband for homes and businesses.

Broadband in the UK: The Facts

Last year Cisco predicted that the average household will have an average download speed of 50Mbps by 2019, a dramatic increase from 23 Mbps in 2015. Overall the UK is a solid 17.4Mbps faster than the global average internet speed which currently stands at 5.6Mbps.

Global internet speeds average

The Government has committed itself to achieving the following;

  • Providing superfast broadband coverage to 95% by December 2017
  • Providing access to basic connections (2Mbps) for all
  • Experimenting with new connectivity technology to the ‘hardest to reach’ parts of the UK
  • Encouraging the take up of superfast broadband by SMEs

The large scale investments being made by Government will improve broadband for everyone. Over a billion pounds of investment has gone towards the goal of enabling superfast broadband for 95% of the nation.

December predictions 2016

Within the next four years, we’ll see faster speeds across the UK, doubling in some areas, and the number of high speed connections will increase by 70% to 15.5 million.

Now that broadband is as important to consumers as running water and electricity, it’s vital that everyone has access to a superfast and reliable connection, no matter where they’re located.