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UK internet speeds see 'aggressive' growth as government pushes superfast broadband

Average broadband speed increased by 41 percent year on year
Tue Jul 23 2013, 15:55
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THE UK AVERAGE BROADBAND SPEED has seen "aggressive yearly growth", web traffic watcher Akamai has reported, suggesting that the government's push for ultrafast broadband across the country is reaping rewards.

Unveiled today in the content distribution network's first quarter 2013 State of the Internet report (PDF, registration required), the statistics reveal that the UK has increased its average broadband speed by 41 percent year on year from 3.2Mbps to 7.9Mbps.

"With the exception of twin 1.5 percent year-over-year declines seen in both Ireland and Portugal, yearly changes among surveyed EMEA countries were fairly positive in the first quarter. Israel had the highest rate of change, at 51 percent, while the United Kingdom also saw aggressive yearly growth, at 41 percent," the report said.

However, it seems that the UK's growth in internet speed isn't slowing down, as Akamai reported that Blightly's average speed increased by 7.3 percent since last quarter from nearly 7.4Mbps to the current 7.9Mbps. This shows that the quarter on quarter increase in UK broadband speed is actually speeding up, as the fourth quarter of 2012 showed an increase of just 2.7 from the prior quarter.

The UK is also climbing the ranks in global average internet speeds, from 18th position last quarter to 12th place in the first quarter of 2013, in line with the government's £5bn infrastructure spending plan that includes extending ultrafast broadband to 12 more UK cities.

While the UK sits at 12th place in the world's fastest average broadband speed table, South Korea leads with a 14.2Mbps average broadband speed, followed by Japan at 11.7Mbps and then Hong Kong at 10.9Mbps.

Between the fourth quarter of 2012 and the first quarter of 2013, the global average connection speed rose four percent from 2.9Mbps to 3.1Mbps, or at a 17 percent annual rate. Akamai listed 123 countries or regions as experiencing an increase in average connection speeds during this time, ranging from 1.4 percent in Oman to 122 percent in Iraq.

In Europe, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Sweden, and Denmark had faster average broadband speeds than the UK, boasting 10.1Mbps, 9.9Mbps, 9.6Mbps, 8.9Mbps and 8.2Mbps, respectively. µ


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