Berkshire Digital Infrastructure Group Survey Results April 2022
The survey ran from the 7th March until the 22nd April and was open to business and residents across all 6 Berkshire regions (Bracknell Forest, RBWM, Reading, West Berkshire and Wokingham).
121 - Bracknell
98% of responses were from residents who had internet access at home.
We asked whether people were aware of current Government infrastructure initiatives, such as Superfast Broadband, and Project Gigabit.
Here is what they said
Broadband and Gigabit
46% of respondents were unaware of the superfast Broadband project.
76% of respondents were unaware of the BDUK inititative to have 85% of UK connected to a gigabit connection
13% of residents changed their own broadband connection to help during Covid.
88% - Most business did not change their work broadband to help during the pandemic.
51% of respondents use and connect to a publicly hosted WiFi connection
49% of people are still wary of connecting to WiFi due to concerns about snooping and sniffing
65% of respondents do not have an unlimited mobile plan - so public WiFi access could save them money
86% of respondents feel that having WiFi enabled access to the internet for all is very beneficial
5G and Smart Cities
Heard of 5G
90% of respondents have heard of 5G - with over half of all respondents not haivng a 5G enabled device
70% of respondents have never heard of smart cities and their benefits
% of residents felt able to do the following :
99% Use a search engine
85% Comment or share on social media
96% Download an image online
94% Buy and install apps on devices
99% Access website from URL
96% Search for online help if have issues
99% Send a message via email/app
97% Complete online application forms
"We need to ensure we have reliable and fast internet connections for all homes across berkshire to support remote working and education."
"No point worrying about 5G when mobile signal is so poor!"
"[The] first political party that brings free wifi to everyone, gets my vote..."
"The Pandemic has changed the way we all live, work and study, and we need to ensure our infrastructure is kept up-to-date and supports this."
The data collected in this survey will be used to help improve public infrastructure across Berkshire - and we anticipate a further survey later this year.