Broadband connections are booming in the country, with rural areas more likely to have broadband connection than urban residents, according to a new report by Ofcom.

Ofcom’s report shows that 59% of rural households have broadband, compared to 57% of urban homes. This is the first time the country has overtaken urban areas for broadband connection.

Urban dwellers were, four years ago, twice as likely to have broadband as those living in rural areas.

Ed Richards, Ofcom’s Chief Executive, said: ‘Our report highlights a closing of the geographical digital divide in the UK. Rural households are today as well connected to broadband as their urban neighbours.’

In the Highlands and Islands, 62% of homes have broadband. This figure is only slightly lower than the UK’s most connected city, Sunderland, in which 66% of households have broadband.

Glasgow has the lowest take-up of broadband in the UK at 32%.

Broadband connections are booming in the country, with rural areas more likely to have broadband connection than urban residents, according to Ofcom’s survey.

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