UK Broadband Ranked 26th Worldwide Says Akamai

Akamai Technologies, a leading internet content management company, has published its 'State of the Internet Q3’09 report, which places the United Kingdom at the 26th spot in terms of average broadband internet speeds.

The report revealed that broadband ISP download speeds in the UK average at just 3.5 Mbps and that around 75 percent people in Britain have access to broadband speeds of 2 Mbps and above whereas 19 percent Britons have broadband speed higher than 5 Mbps.

On the other hand, South Korea got the top slot in the State of the Internet reported, averaging a whooping 14.7 Mbps in download speeds followed by Japan with an average download speeds of 7.9 Mbps, almost half.

The list also revealed that Sweden, with an average speed of 5.7 Mbps, had the highest average download speed in all of Europe with Ireland right at its tail with the speed of 5.3 Mbps.

The United States was only one step ahead of UK with an average download speed of 3.9 Mbps. However, UK’s average speed was ahead of its neighbors France, Italy and Spain which had an average of 3.2 Mbps, 2.5 Mbps and 2.4 Mbps respectively.

Akamai also released a separate list of countries which scored high in terms of malicious traffic that pegged Russia and, surprisingly, Brazil at the top with the countries being jointly accountable for 22 percent of ‘attack traffic’.

Our Comments

Akamai says that Russia and Brazil account for nearly a quarter of attack traffic worldwide. That is pretty impressive for Brazil at least. We're slightly surprised not to see China in there or even the US in there. As for the broadband speed stats, well, this is only an average. Britain is quickly catching up on the rest of the world with ADSL0+, Bonding and fiber optic allowing customers to reach speeds above 10mbps.

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