THE UNITED KINGDOM AND UNITED STATES are laggards when it comes to consumer broadband download speeds and appear far down in table rankings.
This puts the countries, swaggering authoritarian surveillance monsters that they are, rather low down on the satisfaction scale.
The ranking produced by Ookla is based on results from Speedtest servers, and is called the Net Index.
"Based on millions of recent test results from Speedtest.net, this index compares and ranks consumer download speeds around the globe," is the explanation.
"The value is the rolling mean throughput in Mbps over the past 30 days where the mean distance between the client and the server is less than 300 miles."
Hong Kong takes pole position and it is credited as having download speeds in the area of 71.03 Mbps. There is a big drop of around 20 Mbps down to Singapore in second place with 52.85 Mbps and third is Romania, where speeds are 50.82 Mbps.
You have to look a long way down the list before arriving at the UK, which is in 25th place. Here, or there depending on where you live, consumers get a rather meagre sounding 23.55 Mbps.
The United States weighs in at 31st place and has download speeds of 20.77 Mbps. This puts it below the UK, Germany, Estonia, Hungary, Greece and 25 others.
Closer to home the European Commission has published its report on Broadband Coverage in Europe (2012) and reveals progress on broadband coverage targets. It found that while broadband has improved, it could be faster. µ
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