The UK has the best average mobile data speeds in the world, twice that of its nearest rival, according to new data from content delivery network firm Akamai.
Akamai's quarterly State of the Internet report, using data gathered from its network, reported that the UK now has an average mobile connection speed of 20.4Mbps, a huge 28 percent increase on the previous quarter.
The average UK speed is twice that of second-placed Denmark, which has a 10Mbps average, while other leading nations such as Germany (5.7Mbps), the US (4Mbps) and even South Korea (8.8Mbps) lag some way behind.
The UK can also boast that more than 95 percent of all mobile connections are over 4Mbps, which is twice as fast as the 2Mbps stipulated by the last government as the basic speed needed for fixed broadband services.
The UK also recorded a peak connection speed during the quarter of 90.9Mbps, although this wasn’t as high as in some other nations, such as Japan (126Mbps) and Australia (149.3Mbps).
The rapid growth in average mobile broadband speed has undoubtedly been fuelled by the rollout of 4G services across the UK. EE, Vodafone, O2 and Three are all pushing the availability of higher speed services.
Furthermore, more phones are now being sold that can harness the new spectrums providing 4G services, meaning that more people are able to try high-speed services for the first time.
The report was positive for the UK’s mobile market, but the fixed situation is not quite so impressive with an average speed of 11.6Mbps, although over 85 percent of connections are now over 4Mbps.
Leading the way, as ever, was South Korea, which recorded an average fixed connection speed of 23.6Mbps in the quarter, up 6.3 percent from the previous quarter. Ireland was second with 17.4Mbps and Hong Kong third with 16.7Mbps.
Report author David Belson said that nations with the best fixed broadband services have several key factors in common.
"While connectivity will continue to differ across many regions, we see the highest broadband speeds in countries/regions with high population densities and strong government backing or support, as well as those that foster competition among internet providers," he said.
The report also noted that several nations suffered major internet outages during the period.
Colombia, Syria, Gabon and Vanuatu were among those affected owing to vandalism of cables, war, strikes at telecoms firms and flooding.
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