42% of Brits have an unused internet router in their homes; leaving around 22 million redundant ISP routers in the UK, survey reveals

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27th April 2022 16:40 - Telecommunications

42% of Brits have an unused internet router in their homes; leaving around 22 million redundant ISP routers in the UK: A recent survey, into how companies and the British public can use routers better, has revealed that four in 10 (42%) have an internet router that they no longer use, with experts estimating there are 22 million redundant ISP routers in UK homes.
 
Furthermore, 14% of those surveyed said they have multiple unused routers in the home.
 
When asked about why they have so many routers in their house, 59% said they didn’t know how to recycle their old router, with a further 15% saying they have a second router sent to them by their internet service provider, alongside their older, working router.
 
The study by Uswitch polled 2,000 UK adults in October 2021 to find out if there is a more preferable way for Brits to get internet into their homes. The research uncovered that three-quarters of British adults want a universal router that can be used by any internet service provider; in order to reduce the amount of e-waste.
 
Six in 10 consumers believe bigger companies can do more to help save the planet, with Sky Broadband being voted as being the poorest when it comes to helping customers recycle their old routers.
 
One of the reasons for so many redundant internet routers could be the desire to have the best connection possible. The advancements in technology allow for better internet routers to be made, meaning there are many older routers not in use.


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