UK cities fail to make top 100 global broadband league table


UK cities fail to make top 100 global broadband league table

Jennifer Scott

Not one UK location makes the grade in the latest league table of the top 100 global cities for broadband speed.

According to Akamai's State of the internet report, the top 100 cities across the world the vast majority of places  – 69 in total – were taken by cities in the Asia-Pacific region, followed by 24 cities in the US and just seven in Europe.

The fastest European city accolade went to Umea in Sweden, which had an average speed of 11.3Mbps and ranked 15th overall. However, this was nothing compared to the world’s fastest city, Taegu in South Korea, which clocked up an average speed of 21.8Mbps.   

The slowest speed of the 100 cities was 7Mbps, achieved by both Aurora and Hartford in the US, but this seems still to be a distant dream in the UK, with the record average for the country coming out as 4.9Mbps.

All is not lost though at a local level, as the UK is nearing the government target of 2Mbps for all by 2015. The report showed 91% of broadband connections in the UK were now over 2Mbps and thanks to this overall figure of individual connections, the UK rose to 7th in the ranking for the fastest European countries. However, the figure of 91% was unchanged from Akamai's previous report in November last year.

On average speeds, however, it only ranked in 16th within Europe, despite a rise of 14% year-on-year.

Other findings in the report showed the Netherlands to be the fastest European country for broadband, coming in with an average speed of 8.2Mbps, and Ireland to have had the biggest growth for its average speed – up by 39% year-on-year to 6.8Mbps.

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