Average UK broadband speed 'falls to 10.7 Mbps' header image

Published: 12th Jan 2015

Average speeds for broadband in the UK dipped in the third quarter of 2014, according to a new report from Akamai.

The 'State of Internet' study from the cloud computing firm revealed that Britain's average speed was 10.7 Mbps between July and September, marking a 3.4 per cent drop compared to the previous quarter. 

In 2013, Britain was ranked fifth in Europe, but has now fallen down the ranks to 13th place. Despite the fall, UK speeds remain more than twice as fast as the world's average of 4.5 Mbps. 

According to Akamai's report, 81 per cent of broadband users in the UK can now enjoy access to speeds of 4 Mbps, while over two-thirds are able to achieve more than 10 Mpbs. 

While Britain is beating the global average for speeds, the country is still miles away from the level of connectivity Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) have been campaigning for, as they want 95 per cent of the population to be able to access super-fast broadband (at least 24 Mbps) by 2016.

During the third quarter of 2014, the number of Brits able to access speeds of 15 Mbps actually fell, dropping to 20 per cent compared to 21 per cent in the previous three months. 

However, the figures may seem disheartening, but broadband connectivity has actually experienced an improvement year on year, with average speeds in the UK increasing by 17 per cent since 2013, while the global average jumped by 25 per cent.

According to Akamai's report, South Korea has the fastest broadband, notching up a speed of 25.3 Mbps, while the rest of the top five was made up of Hong Kong (16.3 Mbps), Japan (15 Mbps), Switzerland (14.5 Mbps) and Sweden (14.1 Mbps).

Mobile broadband performance was also analysed in the study, with average 3G and 4G speeds settling at 8.1 Mbps - a significant increase compared to the 6.1 Mbps achieved in the previous quarter. Over 80 per cent of mobile customers were able to enjoy speeds of more than 4 Mbps, up from 63 per cent in the last quarterly study.