Most Brits 'think broadband speeds between 8 and 50 Mbps are necessary' header image

A new survey has provided an indication of the broadband speeds Brits see as necessary for the typical household.

Carried out by cable.co.uk, the poll gauged the opinions of nearly 300 people on what they consider the minimum level of connectivity required at present. More than half of respondents pointed to somewhere between eight Mbps and 50 Mbps as the base speed. 

Just under one in four people (24.75 per cent) said they think the minimum connection should be over eight Mbps, but less than 20 Mbps. A further 30.17 per cent claimed the necessary speed should be higher than 20 Mbps, but lower than 50 Mbps. 

Only one per cent of respondents said they see two Mbps as an acceptable basic level of connectivity. This is currently the government's universal service commitment for broadband and suggests the coalition may be somewhat out of sync with the public on this issue.

Some 8.8 per cent of people cited between two Mbps and eight Mbps as the necessary minimum speed, while 15.9 per cent said it should be more than 50 Mbps, but less than 150 Mbps. 

Only five per cent claimed connectivity of up to 1,000 Mbps is required, while 14.24 per cent think speeds of a gigabit or more per second are needed, even though this is unlikely to be widely availble anytime soon. 

The satellite broadband technology provided by Avonline delivers speeds of up to 22 Mbps, which is more than sufficient for the vast majority of popular online activities, including video streaming and downloading films. 

It can provide these speeds anywhere in the UK so long as the sky is visible, meaning residents of remote rural areas can access a level of connectivity that simply isn't possible otherwise.

According to Ofcom, the average broadband speed in the UK is 18.7Mbps. However, this figure is likely skewed by the minority of high-speed services in urban areas and many people across the country are relying on connections that are much slower.