July 28, 2010

Asia top for broadband speed while UK lags behind

by Jan Harris

While Asia is romping ahead in the broadband speed race, the UK isn’t even in the top 100.

According to Akamai’s State of the Internet report for the first quarter of 2010, Masan in South Korea was the fastest online city, with an average maximum connection speed of 40.5Mbps.

The top European country was Sweden, where the city of Umea achieved 18th place with an average maximum broadband connection speed of 9.6Mbps.

The results aren’t too much of a surprise, given the support and funding pumped into broadband by the South Korean government.

While the cash-strapped UK is reining in spending left right and centre, it doesn’t seem likely that the UK is going to be improving its position in the broadband race any time soon.

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