Broadband speeds misleading says Ofcom

New code of conduct promised as average speeds actually increase.

British web users are not getting the broadband speeds they are promised by their ISPs. That’s according to regulator Ofcom, which says that while the average speed has risen, most punters are only getting half of what they’ve been sold.

The average advertised speed now stands at a decent 11.5Mbps, but consumers are only getting 5.2Mbps. That’s actually up on 4.1Mbps last year. However, Ofcom has said it wants to tighten controls to stop ISPs selling broadband based on top speed alone.

---------------------------------
Related links:
- Sky broadband customers boosted to 20Mbps
- Virgin demos 200Mbps broadband and 3DTV
- 1Mbps broadband made a legal right in Finland
---------------------------------

The new regulations will aim to explain the range of speeds customers can get, rather than selling one fixed speed which only a few web addicts will really be able to get. Of those currently on 20Mbps deals, only two per cent are actually receiving that figure.

All the major ISPs have signed up to Ofcom’s new code-of-conduct, and with the Advertising Standards Agency also looking into how broadband is sold, you can expect changes very soon indeed.

For more on this and all the latest gadget and tech news, stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Via BBC

Comments

Be the first to comment…

Back to top
Close
T3 Newsletter
Sign up to recieve the T3 newsletters by entering your details below

Your Details

As you're registering with us. we'd like to think that you'd enjoy receiving the following emails; if you'd rather not receive them, please untick the boxes:

I would like to receive other emails from T3, Future Publishing Limited and it's group companies containing news, special offers and product information
I agree to the terms of use and privacy policy and confirm that I am over 16 years of age *
Close
Log in or Join

By clicking below you agree to our terms and conditions and our privacy policy

Log in to T3.com with your preferred social network

Log in with your T3.com account

CloseJoinPlease complete these additional details

Join T3.com with your preferred social network

OR

Join T3.com

Please tick this box to confirm you are 16 years old or over

Just so we know you're human

Newsletters

I would like to receive T3 email newsletters, packed full of the latest tech news, competitions and exclusive offers.

I would like to receive other emails from T3, Future Publishing Limited and its group companies containing news, special offers and product information.

I would like to receive offers from carefully selected third Parties. We will not share your data with the third party.

Close Edit your profile

Change your password

Newsletters

I would like to receive T3 email newsletters, packed full of the latest tech news, competitions and exclusive offers.

I would like to receive other emails from T3, Future Publishing Limited and its group companies containing news, special offers and product information.

I would like to receive offers from carefully selected third Parties. We will not share your data with the third party.

Social networks

You have authorised these social networks to interact with your T3.com account.

Please ensure you deactivate or revoke access to this website from within your social networks settings to ensure all permissions are removed.

Close Forgotten your password

Forgotten your password?

Please enter the email address that you used to sign up and we'll send you a new password

Close
Forgotten password
Don't have a T3 Account? Join now