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Bradford in top 100 fast internet cities

Cliff Saran

The city of Bradford has made it into Akamai's top 100 list of fast internet cities, coming in at 99th, just in front of the US city of Athens in Georgia.

Bradford, the only UK city to make the top 100 list, provided "average" internet access of 6.09Mbps in the fourth quarter 2010, according to Akamai. This makes Bradford's internet access good enough for streaming DVD-quality movies.

The fastest city is Taegu in South Korea, which measured an average internet speed of 18.36Mbps, three times faster than Bradford, but still far short of the 40Mbps required to stream high-definition video.

However, Akamai's latest report shows that 14 cities around the world had "peak" connection speeds greater than 40Mbps in the fourth quarter 2010. The Japanese city of Kanagawa offers the fastest peak access with 48.06Mbps.

However, no UK cities made it to the top 100 in this Akamai survey in terms of peak access speed, in spite of BT's Infinity service offering 40Mbps and Virgin offering 100Mbps.

Overall, Akamai reports that the UK showed a 9% quarterly increase on the highest recorded broadband connection speed at 16.1Mbps (30th in the world rankings). Akamai's report shows that 22% of broadband connection speeds were above 5Mbps, ranking the UK 28th globally.


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