The UK’s average broadband speed dropped from 5.1Mbit/s to 4.9Mbit/s in the fourth quarter of 2011, in a disappointing development for the market, according to data from global services provider Akamai.
The slump represented a 3.5 per cent decrease on the previous quarter in 2011 and this trend was mirrored in other nations too, with the global average connection dropping to just 2.3Mbit/s. The US dropped 5.3 per cent to an average of 5.8Mbit/s.
“The global average connection speed saw an unusual, and fairly significant, decline in the fourth quarter of 2011. It was reflected in declines in eight of the top 10 countries,” the firm noted in its report.
“Globally, 93 countries/regions that qualified for inclusion saw average connection speeds decline, ranging from a loss of just 0.3 per cent in Kyrgyzstan to a 31 per cent drop in Kuwait.”
There was better news for the UK as 91 per cent of its connections were measured at above 2Mbit/s, suggesting the nation is still on target to reach universal coverage of at least 2Mbit/s by 2015.
The Netherlands was the best performing European country by the end of 2011 with an average connection speed of 8.2Mbit/s, while Umea in Sweden was the fastest European city, at 11.3Mbit/s.
Meanwhile market leaders South Korea and Japan continue to dominate the global tables, with average download speeds rising in the nations to 17.5Mbit/s and 9.1Mbit/s respectively.
Meanwhile, China was responsible for 13 per cent of attack traffic - that associated with cyber crime - observed during the quarter, followed by the US (10 per cent) and Indonesia (7.6 per cent).
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