Data on median broadband speeds in UK regions between 2014 and 2019.
Summary main findings
In 2019, the median broadband speed in the UK was 3 times as fast as in 2014.
Visualisation for by year
Ratio (relative to 2014) of the median broadband speed (UK, 2014 to 2019)
Data for by year
|Year||Ratio (relative to 2014)|
Visualisation for by area
Median broadband speed in megabits per second, by area over time (UK, 2014 to 2019)
41 regions in the UK are ranked from the lowest to highest broadband speed. They are then divided into 5 equally-sized groups (‘quintiles’), from 1 (lowest) to 5 (highest).
The regional estimates have a large margin of error – do not rank or compare specific regions.
See the composite indices for more precise estimates and to understand overall regional patterns.
Data for by area
|Region||2019 (Mbps)||2018 (Mbps)||2017 (Mbps)||2016 (Mbps)||2015 (Mbps)||2014 (Mbps)|
|Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire||73.3||58.2||53.5||43.8||30.7||24.8|
|Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire||60.3||49.9||42.5||38.6||23.2||19.5|
|Cornwall and Isles of Scilly||31.8||25.9||23.1||20.2||15.9||15.0|
|Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire||61.9||49.3||45.8||37.3||26.2||21.0|
|Dorset and Somerset||46.6||36.5||32.7||26.5||17.4||14.8|
|East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire||83.7||58.0||44.9||32.8||20.2||16.5|
|Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Bath/Bristol area||62.8||52.0||46.3||37.1||24.5||19.9|
|Hampshire and Isle of Wight||63.0||48.8||44.9||38.0||26.2||21.8|
|Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Warwickshire||50.5||39.2||34.7||28.4||19.3||16.2|
|Highlands and Islands||33.5||27.1||21.9||16.5||10.7||8.8|
|Inner London - East||59.8||45.1||41.0||32.8||26.0||22.4|
|Inner London - West||60.2||45.1||38.1||29.2||21.4||18.0|
|Leicestershire, Rutland and Northamptonshire||65.5||52.5||48.4||41.0||26.5||21.0|
|North Eastern Scotland||35.1||27.3||23.5||19.1||13.3||10.9|
|Northumberland, and Tyne and Wear||56.9||46.1||42.6||34.2||23.8||19.2|
|Outer London - East and North East||71.0||55.8||51.7||41.7||32.4||26.7|
|Outer London - South||74.2||59.0||55.4||45.0||35.2||28.7|
|Outer London - West and North West||67.6||53.3||48.9||40.4||30.5||25.4|
|Shropshire and Staffordshire||54.8||42.7||39.0||31.4||21.1||17.1|
|South Western Scotland||No data||No data||No data||No data||24.7||19.4|
|Southern Scotland||50.2||38.4||33.4||26.2||No data||No data|
|Surrey, East and West Sussex||57.5||45.3||41.5||35.2||25.1||21.0|
|Tees Valley and Durham||62.5||50.7||47.2||37.5||25.0||20.6|
|West Central Scotland||72.4||55.5||51.2||42.4||No data||No data|
|West Wales and The Valleys||44.0||33.8||29.5||23.6||15.4||12.5|
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Nesta Research & Development spatial data tool, 2021.
2014 to 2019
What the data measures
The data shows changes in median broadband speed in the UK between 2014 and 2019. It also shows the broadband speed for 41 regions of the UK.
Things you need to know
Nesta data includes regional scores but not a national average figure. To track changes over time, we use the broadband speed for the median UK area each year.
The median is the middle point of a range of numbers which are arranged in order. In this case, the median area is the area ranked 21st out of the 41 regions in the UK.
Type of data
Read more in State of the Nation 2023 on GOV.UK.
This file contains the following variables:
- Indicator code
- Indicator name
- Area type
- Area name
- Time period