Broadband speed test UK still lagging behind

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We have heard a lot of reports lately about the state of the UKs broadband network and the service consumers are getting. Now we can tell you that the broadband speed test in the UK is still lagging behind many other places in the world.

According to an article on PC Advisor the country is currently sitting 25th in the world regarding the fastest average broadband speeds. Akamai has released its State of the Internet report for the second quarter of 2011. It checked speeds for over 604 million unique IP address from 238 countries and regions.

South Korea had the fastest average speed connection in the world at 13.8Mbps, with Hong Kong on 10.3Mbps and Japan on 8.9Mbps behind it. While in the UK average speeds sit at just 5Mbps, which was 28 percent higher than last year’s report. The country only managed to finish at 15 out of 22 in Europe, with The Netherlands finishing top of the Euro zone with 8.5Mbps.

Globally the average broadband speed has improved by 21 percent to 2.6Mbps, with more than 80 percent of regions seeing an increase by 10 percent or more. The UK only saw a nine percent increase over the last quarter.

Meanwhile 27 percent of all connections checked were found to have 5Mbps or above, with The Netherlands having 68 percent of all its connections having what are called Higher Broadband. Again the UK didn’t do so well with only 30 percent of its population having access to the 5Mbps or above service.

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