consumers receive an average broadband speed of 3.6Mbit/s, according to research released this week byOfcom
According to Ofcom, that is less than the average maximum possible speed of 4.3Mbit/s across the
Speeds are slowest between and on Sundays, when use of the internet is at its highest.
However, most consumers say they are reasonably happy with their broadband service - although speed is the most commonly cited cause of dissatisfaction.
Although 3.6Mbit/s is sufficient for many internet applications, including audio and standard definition video, over 60 per cent of
The Ofcom research found that one in five of these subscribers actually receive an average speed of less than 2Mbit/s, while on average the actual speed consumers receive is 45 per cent of the advertised headline speed.
The research is claimed to be the most sophisticated and thorough study ever conducted into
Around 7,000 tests were run through monitoring units connected to around 1,500 home broadband routers over a 30-day period.
The results also showed that, on average, consumers living in urban areas receive speeds 15 per cent faster than those in rural areas, largely because of distance.
The full broadband speed research document can be found here.