UK broadband speed drops to 4.9Mbps

Slight global slowdown in net speeds recorded by Akamai

May 1, 2012

According to the latest State of the Internet report from Akamai, UK broadband speeds actually fell in the fourth quarter of 2011.

The UK dropped from an average of 5.1Mbps to 4.9Mbps, only a slight slippage, but something of an oddity given that super-fast fibre is now increasingly being deployed across the UK.

The UK wasn’t alone though, as eight of the ten top broadband nations saw their speeds slip in Q4. The US witnessed a drop, as well. Quite why there has been a global drop in speed remains something of a mystery, with Akamai not offering anything in terms of an official explanation either.

When it came to the fastest countries, South Korea remained top with a massive lead on an average connection speed of 17.5Mbps, up almost 5 per cent on the last quarter. Japan and Hong Kong came next on 9.1Mbps, with the Netherlands the fastest country in Europe on 8.2Mbps.

The majority of the fastest cities were unsurprisingly in the Asia-Pacific region, with 61 in Japan, and six in South Korea. 24 cities in North America ranked in the top 100.

Akamai also noted that over 628 million unique IP addresses connected to its Intelligent Platform in Q4, an increase of 2.1 per cent in terms of IP addresses over the third quarter of 2011. The UK had the biggest IP increase, up 13 per cent quarter-on-quarter.

When it came to attack traffic, China generated the most with 13 per cent, followed by the US on 10 per cent, and Indonesia on 7.6 per cent.

Akamai noted: “Total observed attack traffic aggregated by region shows that Asia Pacific/Oceania generated 45 per cent of such attack traffic, Europe 33 per cent, the Americas just less than 20 per cent, and Africa a mere two per cent.”


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