Regional Variations

The latest communications market report from Ofcom is out this morning and throws up some intriguing statistics about broadband usage in the UK. It seems that Sunderland (66%) is the most wired town in the UK, with Glasgow (32%) the least wired; this is surprising since the Highland & Islands area is amongst the most wired. Indeed the report comments that more of the rural population have broadband access than the urban population - but, the report fails to comment on the quality of service in these areas, as well as the lack of LLU and competition.

Forty per cent of the UK population now watch video online - internet TV is most popular in Edinburgh (45%), with the lowest viewing in Newport in Wales (19%). Indeed, broadband is lagging behind overall in Wales, where the Welsh Assembly Government should be doing far more to promote provision and usage.