UK ranked 25th in European broadband

Akamai's latest figures show the UK's broadband network has widespread coverage, but lacks in higher speeds

October 24, 2011

Akamai has released its latest quarterly “State of the Internet” report, which examines broadband connections worldwide and rates countries and cities against each other.

The data collected is based on some 600 million unique IPs connected to the Akamai Intelligent Platform, which serves “as much as 30 percent of the world’s Web traffic at any one time”, the company claims. A pretty broad sample by all accounts.

As far as the fastest cities in the world went, unsurprisingly enough, Asia dominated the rankings, with the top 10 entirely consisting of Japanese and South Korean cities, save for one (San Jose in the US, the capital of Silicon Valley).

Of the top 100 fastest cities, 59 were in Japan and 10 were in South Korea. The fastest European city was Brno in the Czech Republic, which ranked number 55 with an average connection speed of 8.3Mbps. No cities in the UK made the list.

Akamai found that 30% of broadband connections in the UK were above 5Mbps on average, which is a 70% increase on last year (and 18% up from last quarter). This meant the UK placed 25th amongst the high broadband connectivity table for the fastest countries in Europe.

Not a hugely impressive performance, and lagging well behind European leaders the Netherlands, who managed to secure 68% of connections above the 5Mbps mark.

In the standard broadband connectivity table we managed a better 11th placing, due to 91% of connections being over 2Mbps, up 10% year-on-year and perhaps indicative that the government could meet its 2Mbps-for-all target before 2015 (originally that was supposed to be next year, but that clearly was never going to happen).

When it came to the average peak connection speed in Europe, we placed 28th with a speed of 18.9Mbps. In terms of global internet penetration we managed a more impressive 6th place, an increase of 15% year-on-year.

With Virgin and BT’s super-fast broadband roll-outs now well underway, partly subsidised by big wedges of government cash, we can expect our average Mbps figure – particularly in the high broadband connectivity stakes – to go upwards with a bit more conviction.

And not before time.


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