The UK continues to languish behind its European neighbours when it comes to fast broadband, according to new figures from internet services firm Akamai, with the gap growing as much of Europe also benefits from bigger increases in bandwidth.
According to Akamai's quarterly State of the Internet report, the Netherlands continues to lead to way in European broadband speeds, with average connection speeds of 8.8 Mbits/s. The UK average over the first quarter of 2012 was just 5.6Mbit/s.
Overall, there are 14 European countries with faster average connection speeds than the UK.
And while the average broadband speed in the UK is rising – up 9.8 per cent compared to the final quarter of 2011 – the speed hikes due to upgrades are more dramatic elsewhere in Europe. For example, France and Denmark saw a 20 per cent quarter-on-quarter increase in average connection times; German speeds were up 13 per cent.
The figures highlight the challenges faced by the government to meet its target of serving 90 per cent of the UK's population with 25Mbit/s broadband by 2015.
The UK has consistently lagged behind European pacesetters – never mind global ones such as South Korea.
And while BT has trumpeted its success in rolling out high-speed infrastructure, Akamai's figures show there is much work to be done before the majority of businesses and consumers are using super fast services.
Akamai's figures are based on analysis of the traffic seen across its internet monitoring platform.
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