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UK Broadband Still Lagging Behind Other Developed Countries Says OECD

A recent study of worldwide internet connections, which was done by Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), has revealed the fact that UK is lagging behind in terms of broadband internet speed. The study has ranked Britain 21st on a list of 30 nations.

Interestingly, the list was topped by Japan which offers 1Gbps broadband speed to its citizens. Second spot was taken by Finland with 110mbps speed while Sweden, Korea, Iceland, France and Denmark got the 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th place respectively.

Even countries like Greece, Portugal and Spain were above UK where more than half of citizens still access internet via DSL instead of fibre based broadband, the BBC has reported.

Many analysts believe that UK is placed at the bottom is because of the low government funding towards the development of fibre-based broadband connection.

According to the BBC, OECD has recommended to the government that it must divert a significant amount towards broadband technology development as it will also prove beneficial for education, healthcare, electricity and transportation sectors.

Taylor Reynolds of OECD believes that if the British government cuts 1 percent from the cost of transportation, education, healthcare and electricity, the funds thereby collected will be more than sufficient to pay for fibre broadband.

Our Comments

Highly unlikely that the OECD recommendations will be adopted. The elections are just behind the door and the fact that there is already a £6 tax to fund broadband investment means that broadband in the UK is likely to remain a laggard for quite some time.

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Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

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.