The number of homes in the UK capable of receiving gigabit broadband speeds is now over 19.3 million, representing 66% of all UK homes, and an increase from the 13.7 million reported in December 2021.
According to the regulator Ofcom, which published the data, much of the increase can be attributed to Virgin Media O2, which announced in December it had made its entire network gigabit capable.
Full fibre coverage increased by five percentage points to 33% in the four months between September 2021 and January 2022. Just shy of 9.6 million hones can now receive such a service.
Superfast broadband coverage (download speeds of at least 30 Mbit/s) across the UK remains at 96%, with England, Northern Ireland and Wales all seeing an increase of one percentage point in superfast coverage.
5G coverage is continuing to increase with at least one operator able to declare “very high confidence” in an outdoor service for 47% of the country, up from 42%, and for “high confidence” in 63% from 57% in December.