Average UK broadband speed is 3.8Mbps

Darren Allan

July 28, 2010

Akamai’s State of the Internet report for the first quarter of 2010 has been released, an assessment of broadband performance across the globe.

And the report’s statistics claim that the average speed for a UK broadband line is 3.8Mbps. That’s up from the start of this year, when Akamai estimated the average at 3.4Mbps.

However, it’s far less than Ofcom estimated in research published yesterday, which pegged the average British connection at 5.2Mbps.

Akamai also ranked the top 100 cities in the world for broadband speeds, but sadly no UK based urban sprawl managed to secure a position in that chart.

It was dominated by Asia and in particular Japan, with 61 of the cities being Japanese. 12 American cities made the list, with 7 of those being in California.

When it came to Europe, the fastest city was Umea in Sweden, which managed to place at a very respectable number 18. The fastest broadband city in the world accolade belongs to Masan in South Korea.

South Korea is also the fastest country in Akamai’s rankings, with an overall average connection speed of 12Mbps. Hong Kong was second with 9Mbps, and Japan third with 7.9Mbps.


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