Britain is falling way behind some of its economic rivals in terms of broadband connectivity, according to new data gathered by Akamai Technologies.
The average connection speed in the UK is 3.9Mbit/s, compared to 5.3Mbit/s in the Czech Republic and 6.5Mbit/s in The Netherlands. The fastest average speeds were found in South Korea, which managed 16.6Mbit/s.
"I have seen some reports of the British government trying to speed up broadband," David Belson, director of market intelligence at Akamai Technologies, told V3.co.uk.
"In most cases governments have the right intentions, but once things become caught in government processes they don't tend to move fast enough make a difference."
Britain failed to have a single city registered in the 100 fastest metropolitan connections, while South Korea had the top 10 cities. Romania managed five cities in the top 100.
The number of global IP addresses rose 2.8 per cent over the past three months, according to the figures.
The US leads with over 131 million, followed by China with 60 million. In Europe, Germany leads with 31 million, followed by Britain with 20 million.
The fastest US state is Delaware, which is helped by being geographically small, Belson said. The east coast is also more developed, accounting for the fact that seven out of the top 10 fastest internet states are on the east coast.
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