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UK Slips Down the Average Net Speeds Chart


UK Slips Down the Average Net Speeds Chart

The UK is far from the top of the pile when it comes to average net speeds, according to a new report from content delivery network Akamai.

The ‘State of the Internet’ report from Akamai places the UK at number 27 out of a list of 201 countries, with an average speed of 3.8Mbps. This is a drop of four places, as it stood at 23rd place at the end of 2009.

These average speeds compare poorly with the top country, South Korea, which has an average net speed of 12Mbps. In second place is Hong Kong, with a 9Mbps average. Japan achieves 7.8Mbps, while the rest of the top five is made up with Romania and Latvia, which might not be bywords for tech innovation but offer its citizens an average of 6.3Mbps. The US was 16th overall, with 4.7Mbps. The global average was 1.7Mbps.

However, it also depends how you cut the cake. Where the report focussed on speeds in cities, South Korea and the US tied for second place with 12Mbps – while Japan races into the lead with a frankly huge 60Mbps average.

The report also dealt with mobile networks and not surprisingly speeds were all over the pace, with the slowest average just 105Kbps, and the fastest a solid 7.2Mbps. The UK achieved between 1 and 3.7Mbps depending on location.

For both fixed and landline though, it’s clear that the UK has a lot of work to do to stay anywhere near the leaders.

Link: Akamai

Don Kanonjii

August 2, 2010, 9:51 pm

Is anyone honestly surprised by this?


August 2, 2010, 10:06 pm

Just to point out the blindingly obvious, perhaps no amount of effort could ever elevate some countries to the top of these rankings due to factors out of their control. For example - geography. Countries like Japan have an inherent advantage insofar as they have a super high population density and a high proportion of city dwellers. With so many people packed together, it's much easier to roll out new infrastructure than it is in somewhere like China, where the population is far more dispersed.

That said, I'm sure the UK's broadband speeds could be better. I'm just pointing out that it's not a level playing field out there.


August 3, 2010, 12:33 pm

I'm happy on my 24mb connection in edinburgh! real speeds even come in at 22meg...


August 3, 2010, 12:47 pm

Would hate to think where we would place without Virgin.

gareth edwards

August 3, 2010, 2:37 pm

Chris has whacked the nail on the head really. The UK is a very messy market. Bristol and other high profile cities have real fast broadband but vast swathes of the UK, whilst they are told they can have up to XXmb connections rarely get 20% of their advertised speeds. It's very poor.

As for Virgin, yeah, they help to up the average but even they are less that reliable. I have the basic 10mb service from them and I never get above 3mb download speeds. I bought into their "because it's cable it's always fast" mantra and since adopting their service I have been disappointed every day. That said it's better than the 1.5mb I was getting through the BT infrastructure which told me I could have initially 4mb then 8mb and never got anywhere near it and at 5pm it went from slow to molasses slow.

You'd think with the amount of money the UK public and business is being charges for all these wonderful services that perhaps there would be more investment going on in areas that need it rather that already good or excellent areas being further pushed to help sell the notion of super fast connectivity.


August 3, 2010, 3:00 pm

Virgin service leaves a lot to be desired. They are rolling these high speed connections and yet their infrastructure cannot cope.

Anyway I'd rather have a 2mb connection with low latency rather than 50mb with high latency.


August 3, 2010, 3:42 pm

So that's the second national embarrassment in this short timeframe. The first being the government deciding it'll continue running its various departments' computer systems on IE 6 (according to CNET).


June 21, 2013, 2:11 pm

The 3.8 Mbps average speed or below is third world speeds for countries like the UK.


June 21, 2013, 2:42 pm

Yeah but who wants to live in Bristol

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