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Published: 22nd Jun 2016

It seems the UK still has some way to go if the government's aim of making the country one of the best connected in the world is to be achieved.

Akamai has released its latest State of the Internet Report, which measures global broadband performance, and it seems Britain has work to do if it is to reach the level of other nations. 

According to the research, the average download speed in the UK was 11.1 Mbps during the second quarter. This is an increase on the 9.9 Mbps recorded in the first three months of the year, but this was not enough to prevent Britain dropping one place in Akamai's global ranking. 

The country is now rated as having the 16th fastest average connection in the world and the 11th fastest in Europe. 

South Korea continues to hold on to top spot, with a typical speed of 24.6 Mbps in the second quarter. Hong Kong comes in second with 15.7 Mbps, while Switzerland has moved up to third place due to an average speed of 14.9 Mbps. 

Japan, Netherlands, Sweden, Latvia, Ireland, the Czech Republic and Romania complete the top ten. 

While the UK's average speed is still some way behind these nations, it is faster than its major European rivals - Germany (8.9 Mbps), France (7.1 Mbps), Italy (5.8 Mbps) and Spain (8.0 Mbps). Britain is ahead of Australia, which had an average connection speed of 7.1 Mbps in the second quarter.

Akamai also measured the amount of connections in a country that are faster than ten Mbps. On this front, the UK was ranked 15th, with 36 per cent of services above this threshold. 

The country fares slightly worse when it comes to the number of connections faster than four Mbps. It is ranked 19th on this front, with 84 per cent of services faster than this benchmark.

Overall, Akamai found the global average connection speed is now 4.6 Mbps, an increase of 21 per cent on the first quarter.