The UK has an average internet connection speed of 4Mbit/s, according to new figures from web traffic research firm Akamai, placing the country below many other European nations in terms of average speed measured during the past quarter.
The Netherlands laid claim to the top connection speed in Europe with an average of 6.3Mbit/s, followed by the Czech Republic and Switzerland both with 5.4Mbit/s.
Akamai estimates that total internet penetration in the UK has risen by 12 per cent in the past year. The country has the sixth highest number of IP addresses in the world, and the third highest in Europe behind Germany and France.
Some 85 per cent of the 21,665,959 unique IP addresses collected in the UK have connection speeds above 2Mbit/s, and 17 per cent of connections are higher than 5Mbit/s.
The top cities globally for broadband speeds are in Japan and South Korea, and the top European city is Constanta in Romania with an average speed of 8.8Mbit/s, placing it 48th worldwide. The UK has no cities in the top 100.
The top US city is San Jose, California, which is 57th on the list with an average speed of 8.3Mbit/s.
The UK did claim some dubious honours in the report, however. The country saw an 80 per cent rise in mobile network attack traffic, placing it second worldwide.
The report said that the UK's 11 per cent share of attack traffic is well behind Italy's at 28 per cent share.
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