Beancounters at Ovum have calculated that in the UK, users need at least least 10Mbps. This figure will increase when UHD telly kicks off, probably need a five fold increase.
This figure is bad news for the government which is hoping that users will applaud if it forces the telcos to give them a 2Mbps and a top speed of 10 Mbps.
The analyst firm has published a report assessing both objective data like speed, coverage and momentum as well as subjective factors like service experience and consumer network score in 30 countries.
It says this should give communications providers a better idea of what consumers are experiencing and what they need to satisfy customers.
Ovum found that the best consumer experience relies on three main factors: download speeds of 10Mbps, a stable and reliable network that delivers content within three seconds and “outstanding customer service” that deals with most issues at the first point of contact.
The average broadband speed in the UK is 23Mbps, according to regulator Ofcom, which is also considering increasing the universal service obligation from 2Mbps to 10Mbps in recognition of consumer demands. For those who wanted to stream ultra high definition 4K video, the minimum requirement is 50Mbps, according to the report.
Sweden finished first with an overall score of 88 percent, while the UK rated joint-eighth with Russia and the USA on 74 percent. Romania was second, Canada third, while Singapore, South Korea, Japan and Germany completed the top ten.
Ovum’s Michael Philpott, co-author of the report said that pressure on broadband service provided to consumers is compounded by the rise in connected devices.
“Homes in mature markets were found to typically have up to four devices connected to the network, all of which have the potential to support a wide range of applications.
Much of the debate at the UBBF has centred on how telcos must ‘reimagine’ their networks to offer a good video experience, not just for consumers, but also for enterprises who use video for communication, logistics and other purposes.
“With a clear link between poor user experience and customer churn, broadband service providers need to continue to invest in broadband infrastructure in order to provide their customers with the best broadband experience and maintain a satisfied customer base,” Philpott said.