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UK Average Broadband Speed Reaches 4Mbps

According to a recent report published by, the average speed of broadband in UK has sprinted past the 4Mbps mark in April 2009.

In what many consider as a watershed moment in the growth of broadband in UK, the average broadband speed for last month stood at an impressive 4.137Mbps.

Experts argue that an increase in average broadband speed augurs well for online business and plays an enabling role in increasing the volume of commerce on the internet.

The website apparently tests 11 Internet Service Providers (ISPs) including the likes of BT, Virgin Media and Tiscali to name a few. The highest average download speed of over 6 Mbps was provided by Virgin Media while O2 came a close second.

Commenting on the accuracy of test, a spokesperson mentioned “We record tens of thousands of speed tests every month [but] unlike other speed test services we record the Internet Service Provider (ISP) by IP address making our ISP recording very accurate rather than relying on self selection.”

Incidentally the website also has started testing a new aspect related to capacity of ISPs to actually achieve the maximum speed available to them and here again Virgin Media has received the top honours.

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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.