UK broadband stuck in the slow lane according to new report

By John Glenday | Reporter

January 13, 2015 | 1 min read

UK broadband speeds are continuing to lag behind international rivals after tests conducted by cloud computing firm Akamai found that average speeds totalled just 10.7 megabits per second in the third quarter of 2014.

This was 17 per cent higher than last year and placed Britain 19th in a global State of the Internet ranking, behind countries such as Romania and Ireland never mind world leader South Korea which boasted an average speed of 25.3Mbps.

Nevertheless Britain still managed to outperform some continental rivals such as Germany, France, Spain and Italy which all failed to breach the 10Mbps barrier.

Britain currently has the 12th fastest broadband network in Europe despite a government pledge that it would possess the ‘best superfast broadband network in Europe by 2015.’

Some have been critical of the Akamai report however, pointing out that research by Ofcom showed average broadband speeds in the UK were around 18.7Mbps with the highest superfast broadband coverage of any major European economy.

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