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Published: 31st Jan 2014

The average broadband speed in the UK has reached 9.1 Mbps, according to Akamai's latest State of the Internet Report. 

This figure represents growth on both a yearly and quarterly-basis, but is still someway short of the level considered super-fast. 

According to the report, Britain now has the 14th fastest broadband services in the world. 

The country is considerably behind South Korea, which, with an average speed of 22.1 Mbps, has the quickest internet of any nation. Japan and Hong Kong were ranked second and third with typical connections of 13.3 Mbps and 12.5 Mbps respectively.

Britain's broadband is the ninth fastest in Europe, with the Netherlands (12.5 Mbps), Switzerland (11.6 Mbps) and Czech Republic (11.3 Mbps) the fastest countries. Ireland was higher at fifth, with an average speed of 9.6 Mbps.

These figures will be of interest to the government, as it has often measured the strength of the country's broadband infrastructure against its European peers. While Britain's connections are far from the fastest on the continent,  it is ahead of the region's other major economies - Germany, France, Italy and Spain.

In terms of peak connection speeds, the highest figure recorded in the UK was 35.7 Mbps, which is the 16th quickest in the world and seventh best in Europe. Hong Kong has the highest peak speed, with a figure of 65.4 Mbps recorded. 

The country performs slightly better in terms of connections above ten Mbps, with 27 per cent of broadband services over this threshold. This is 11th best in the world and the sixth highest in Europe. 

Unsurprisingly, South Korea is also the world's best in this regard, with 70 per cent of its connections above the ten Mbps mark.

Satellite broadband can provide speeds of up to 20 Mbps anywhere in the UK, which is well above the national average reported by Akamai. Contact Avonline to learn more.