Published: 17th Oct 2013
The UK's average broadband speed is 8.4 Mbps, a new study has claimed.
Akamai's State of the Internet Report for the second quarter of 2013 found this to be the nation's typical connection speed, representing an 11 per cent increase on the previous quarter and growth of 48 per cent on the same time last year.
While it is encouraging to see the UK's broadband services are improving, an average speed of 8.4 Mbps is still some way off being classed as super-fast.
Akamai ranked Britain's internet as the fifth fastest in Europe, with Switzerland (11 Mbps), the Netherlands (10.8 Mbps), the Czech Republic (9.8 Mbps) and Sweden (9.4 Mbps) making up the top four.
On a global scale, the UK is still noticeably behind Asian nations such as South Korea (13.3 Mbps), Japan (12 Mbps) and Hong Kong (10.8 Mbps). Average connections in Britain are only slightly slower than the US, where they reach 8.7 Mbps, and Akamai ranked the country tenth in the world overall.
In terms of peak connection speeds, the highest figure recorded for the UK was 37.1 Mbps, which placed it seventh in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region and 14th in the world. The fastest peak speeds were recorded in Hong Kong, where they reached 65.1 Mbps.
According to Akamai, 23 per cent of broadband connections in the UK are now ten Mbps or faster, which is the 12th highest in the world and sixth in the EMEA area.
While the organisation's research suggests progress is being made in improving Britain's connectivity, many Britons would benefit from having access to a faster internet service now.
Such people should consider satellite broadband, as this technology can provide speeds of up to 20 Mbps and can normally be installed and functioning within just a few weeks of placing an order.
Furthermore, the connection is not shared with other households meaning there is less chance of performance being negatively affected.
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