The average UK broadband speed reached 6.5Mbit/s in the fourth quarter of 2012, according to new data from network giant Akamai in its quarterly State of the Internet report.
The figure is notably lower than the 12Mbit/s cited by Ofcom earlier this year as the average speed achieved in the UK. In fact the Akamai data suggested only 11 percent of connections had speeds above 10Mbit/s.
However, the peak connection speed in the UK was 30.5Mbit/s, up 44 percent on 2011. This placed the nation eigth in Europe and 15th globally. While the UK speeds appear low, they are above the average, with the global average connection at 2.9Mbit/s and peak connections at 16.6Mbit/s.
Report editor David Belson said the overall picture from five years' datas shows that improvements to the internet infrastructure are taking place across the world and helping boost businesses in all kinds of markets.
“Looking back across the year, we observed strong growth of our key connectivity metrics around the world. We believe that this points to greater availability of broadband connectivity, as well as increased speeds on those connections," he said.
"This combination of improved broadband availability and higher speeds opens the door for greater innovation in how the internet is used by both businesses and individuals around the globe."
Akamai’s data is based on almost 700 million unique IP addresses connected to its monitoring platform, which can monitor connections speeds and security incidents.
On the security front, Akamai added to the numerous reports that cite China as responsible for large numbers of attack traffic, as it claimed that 41 percent of attacks came from the country, while 10 percent came from the US.
The worst European culprits were Romania – seventh with 2.8 percent of attacks – and Italy in ninth with 1.6 percent of attacks.
DDoS attack figures were also noted by the network firm, with a huge 200 percent increase noted by its customers to log 768 attacks in the year. These were focused on the commerce, media and public sector organisations.
- Commerce: 35 percent
- Media and entertainment: 22 percent
- Financial services: 20 percent
- High tech: 14 percent
- Public sector: nine percent
"The 768 attacks were reported by 413 unique organisations, indicating that many organisations were targeted more than once – some significantly more," Akamai noted.
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