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Source: United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) and Ofcom

Geographical Area: United Kingdom

Footnote: Figures for 2005 to 2012 exclude corporate connections.

This table provides metadata for the actual indicator available from UK statistics closest to the corresponding global SDG indicator. Please note that even when the global SDG indicator is fully available from UK statistics, this table should be consulted for information on national methodology and other UK-specific metadata information.

Indicator available
Indicator description
Geographical coverage

United Kingdom

Unit of measurement
Available disaggregations

Speed - Between 2011 and 2019, figures for ‘Between 2 mbps and 10 mbps’ include connections under 2mbps, however these numbers are estimated to be marginal.


Rate per 100 population is calculated as fixed broadband subscribers divided by the population estimate and multiplied by 100 - the calculations are performed by ITU and reported by the United Nations Statistics Division through the Global SDG Database. The population estimates used by ITU are taken from UN Population Division World Population Prospects

Other information

ITU collects data for this indicator through an annual questionnaire to national regulatory authorities, in the case of the UK this is Ofcom.

The indicator "Fixed Internet broadband subscriptions, by speed" refers to the number of fixed-broadband subscriptions to the public Internet, split by advertised download speed. Fixed Internet broadband subscriptions refer to subscriptions to high-speed access to the public Internet (a TCP/IP connection), at downstream speeds equal to, or greater than, 256 kbit/s. This includes cable modem, DSL, fibre-to-the-home/building, other fixed (wired) broadband subscriptions, satellite broadband and terrestrial fixed wireless broadband. This total is measured irrespective of the method of payment. It excludes subscriptions that have access to data communications (including the Internet) via mobile-cellular networks. It should include fixed WiMAX and any other fixed wireless technologies. It includes both residential subscriptions and subscriptions for organizations.

Data follows the UN specification for this indicator. This indicator has not been identified in collaboration with topic experts.

Data last updated 03 December 2021
Metadata last updated 03 December 2021

This table provides information on metadata for SDG indicators as defined by the UN Statistical Commission. Complete global metadata is provided by the UN Statistics Division.

Indicator name

Fixed Internet broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants, by speed

Target name

Enhance North-South, South-South and triangular regional and international cooperation on and access to science, technology and innovation and enhance knowledge-sharing on mutually agreed terms, including through improved coordination among existing mechanisms, in particular at the United Nations level, and through a global technology facilitation mechanism

Global indicator description
UN designated tier

Tier I

UN custodian agency

International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

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United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) and Ofcom



Earliest available data


Geographical coverage

United Kingdom

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Release date 21 May 2021
Next release


Statistical classification

Official international

Contact details

Other information

On the Global database, navigate with the drop down options to Goal 17-> Target 17.6-> Indicator 17.6.1, and select the appropriate metric with the tick box. Then, from the Geographic Area tab at the top de-select ALL and navigate to World->Europe->Northern Europe-> United Kingdom (select the tick box). Finally, choose “Show table” or “Download” from the options above the tabs.