Akamai reports huge variation in UK mobile connectivity speeds

A study from Akamai, the internet content delivery network company, has highlighted major differences in the bandwidth available from UK mobile operators.

A study from Akamai, the internet content delivery network company, has highlighted major differences in the bandwidth available from UK mobile operators.

The average UK connection speed is 4Mbps, with 85% of connections achieving 2Mbps or more, according to data from Akamai. While 17% achieved connections above 5Mbps, the Akamai measurments from three mobile providers found that UK users achieved an average connection speed of 2,180 kbps, varying from 1,372 kbps to 3,149 kbps.

The Akamai State of the Internet report noted that globally, average peak connection speeds remained very strong in the third quarter, with fifteen providers achieving average peak connection speeds in excess of 10 Mbps, and all but two of the 111 listed providers achieving speeds of 1 Mbps or more.

Eleven providers had lower average peak connection speeds than in the second quarter, with a provider in the United Kingdom seeing the greatest loss, dropping 58%. The Akamai report also stated that 10 providers had lower average peak connection speeds than in the same quarter a year ago, with the largest decline (78%) seen on that same provider in the United Kingdom.

Average kbps Peak kbps Monthly Mbytes
1,372 9,062 626
2,018 10,192 819
3,149 15,371 87

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