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A third of UK broadband users get 10Mbps or faster - report

Tuesday, April 21st 2015 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

More than a third of UK broadband users are getting average speeds above 10Mbps, according to a study.

Akamai’s State of the Internet report found that 38% of UK users are getting what it describes as ‘high broadband’, marking a 25% year-on-year increase.

Switzerland and the Netherlands led the way in Europe, with 56% of users accessing speeds of 10Mbps.

Romania was close behind on 55% – a huge 258% increase on the previous year.

It also found that 83% of Brits get average broadband speeds above 4Mbps – Akamai’s definition of broadband connectivity.

Switzerland was again the best in Europe, with 93% of users recording the speed. Denmark and Israel are close behind on 92%, with the Netherlands on 91%.

The Isle of Man also scored well, with 89% of users recording speeds above 4Mbps.

“It is interesting to note that while broadband adoption and broadband speeds are generally steadily increasing across the world, there is still a significant portion of the world population without internet connectivity,” says the report.

“A recent McKinsey & Company study finds that 4.4 billion people around the world do not go online, including over a billion people in India and over 700m in China.

“Even in the United States, 50m people – or roughly 16% of the population – are not connected to the internet.”

The average broadband speed in the UK according to Akamai is 10.9Mbps, a 12% year-on-year increase.

4K readiness

Sweden topped the rankings for Europe with 14.6Mbps followed by Switzerland on 14.5Mbps and the Netherlands on 14.2Mbps.

The report found the average peak connection speed for the UK to be 48.8Mbps, some way behind Romania at 67Mbps and Israel at 60.5Mbps.

Akamai has also started tracking countries’ “readiness” to stream 4K, or Ultra HD, television.

“With 4k adaptive bitrate streams generally requiring between 10–20Mbps of bandwidth, the rankings presented within this section provide insight into the countries most likely to be able to sustain such streams within this range,” says the report.

Akamai points out that its findings show the percentage of broadband users in each country with the speed to stream 4K, and do not take into account the availability of 4K content or 4K-capable devices.

The report found that 22% of UK users recorded speeds of 15Mbps, up 42% year-on-year and the sixth best in Europe.

Sweden was the top performer across the continent, with 31% of broadband users ‘4K ready’. Switzerland and the Netherlands were just behind on 30%.

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