THE UK is not even in the top 100 for urban broadband speeds, while South Korea is number one in the world, according to the web content firm Akamai.
Following the inevitable logic of the Eurovision song contest, the UK is getting nil point while the home of Abba, Sweden, is the top European country with its city of Umea coming in at number 18 with an average maximum broadband connection speed of 9.6Mbps.
The latest Akamai state of the Internet report says that Asian countries lead the way in broadband and that 59 Japanese cities feature in the top 100 for average measured connection speeds.
As the UK government has now dumped plans for supporting broadband roll out, the cities of London, Birmingham and Manchester can expect to trail the rest of the world for years to come.
David Belson, Akamai's director of market intelligence said, "countries like South Korea have benefited from a number of factors, such as population density and proactive government support and funding for broadband deployment, which has given them their position at the top."
Masan in South Korea is Akamai's fastest online city, averaging a maximum connection speed of 40.5Mbps. Unsurprisingly, South Korea, Hong Kong, and Japan took the top three positions in the top 10 list of countries, followed by six European countries, at an average of 15Mbps. The US was placed eighth with an average speed of 16Mbps. µ
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