Official Statistics

Rural broadband statistics

Average broadband speeds and broadband availability in rural and urban areas.


Rural broadband 2018

Rural broadband 2014 (Original published April 2015)

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  • average broadband speeds
  • broadband availability

Data source: OFCOM postcode level data on average speeds

Coverage: England

Rural classification used: Office for National Statistics Rural Urban Classification

Additional information:

Defra statistics: rural

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Published 25 May 2011
Last updated 21 March 2019 + show all updates
  1. Published today, latest rural statistics on average broadband speeds and broadband availability.
  2. We’ve changed how we’ve organised rural statistics and updated the content following Lord Cameron’s review of rural proofing.
  3. The 2014 Broadband speed data have been reissued as a result of a minor revision to the analysis. The average speed results were unaffected in all cases except for rural town and fringe in a sparse setting and rural villages, where the average speeds increased by 1Mbit/s compared with the previously reported figures.
  4. The latest rural broadband average speeds have been published.
  5. OFCOM average broadband speeds in 2012 by rural urban definition.
  6. First published.