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UK hits 25th place in European broadband ratings

Internet caching giant Akamai has released its newest 'State of the Internet' report, rating the UK at a disappointing 25th in the European high-speed broadband stakes.

Based on around 600 million unique IPs connecting through Akamai's systems - representing some 30 per cent of all internet traffic world-wide, the company claims - the UK is rated just 25th in Europe, with just 30 per cent of connections rated above 5Mbit/s according to an analysis by Techwatch.

While that figure represents an increase of some 70 per cent year-on-year and 18 per cent from last quarter, it's a scathing indictment of the state of UK broadband investment compared to the rest of Europe.

The average speed ratings also show a disappointing result for the UK, with our ranking of a seemingly impressive 18.9Mbit/s placing us 28th in Europe. Low-speed broadband penetration was slightly better, with the UK hitting 11th place thanks to around 91 per cent of all connections being over 2Mbit/s.

The only area in which the UK can be proud is in overall internet penetration, where a 15 per cent increase year-on-year allowed us to rise to 6th place world-wide.

Clearly, Akamai's figures show that more investment in high-speed broadband technology is required. With the government looking to force investment in rural broadband, and several new technologies for wireless connectivity on the horizon, things could change - but it's going to take time, and money, to see the UK rise through the ranks. monitors all leading technology stories and rounds them up to help you save time hunting them down.