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UK’s High-speed Broadband Coverage Not At Par with Other European Countries Claims Study

The UK has secured 15th spot in the list of European countries with high speed broadband access.

According to a State of Broadband report released by online content delivery firm Akamai, the United Kingdom was 15th on a list of 22 European nations with high speed broadband with only 30 percent of the population getting speeds of around 5Mbps. On the whole the UK ranks 25th in the world in terms of broadband access.

The Netherlands got the top spot on the list of high speed broadband countries with around 68 percent of its popular having access to speeds of 5Mbps.

The Akamai report also found that around 91 percent of UK's population was getting broadband speeds of more than 2Mbps, putting it 6th on the list of countries with speeds more than 2Mbps.

David Belson, director of market intelligence at Akamai told V3 (opens in new tab) that the state of broadband in the UK was improving drastically and the government was on track to provide broadband connections for all by 2015.

"We're still eight to nine years out [from 2020]. Things have changed dramatically in the past eight or nine years [and will again in the next eight to nine years]," Belson said.

"Bringing 30Mbit/s capability to all is absolutely possible, but whether the end user actually receives that speed is another matter. It might even be possible wirelessly via '5G' by then", he added.

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