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UK has the world's fastest mobile broadband - report

Monday, April 20th 2015 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

The UK has the world’s fastest mobile broadband, according to a new report.

Akamai’s State of the Internet report found the average connection speed in the UK is 16Mbps.

This is the fastest of the 50 countries / regions around the world that qualified for inclusion in the mobile section of the report.

The UK’s speed is almost twice that of its closest rival Denmark, which recorded 8.8Mbps.

New Caledonia had the lowest average mobile connection speed, at 1Mbps.

In the fourth quarter report Iran, which was in the last position in the third quarter, saw its average connection speed increase to 1.2Mbps.

While the UK was the only country with an average mobile connection speed above the 10Mbps ‘high broadband’ threshold, 30 countries achieved speeds above the 4Mbps ‘broadband’ level.

The fastest average mobile connection speed in the Asia Pacific region was 8.3Mbps in Japan. The United States had the fastest average connection in North America at 3.2Mbps and in Africa it was Morrocco at 3Mbps.

In South America, the fastest connection was Venezuela’s at 6.3Mbps.

The UK’s average peak mobile connection speed was 61.8Mbps, second in Europe to Turkey with 69.1Mbps.

These were the only two countries in Europe with speeds above 50Mbps.

'Evolved and improved'

Around the world, these figures varied greatly from 157.3Mbps in Singapore to 7.5Mbps in Australia.

Akamai expects these speeds to increase as more countries roll out 4G LTE.

Report editor David Belson said: “It has been seven years since Akamai published the first State of the Internet report, and over that time the report has both evolved and improved in significant ways.”

He said the first issue contained no connection speed data but instead focussed on broadband adoption. It now includes insights into network outages, broadband connection speeds and mobile connectivity, he added.

The latest report into mobile broadband speeds by Ofcom, the UK’s telecoms regulator, found EE to be the fastest in several aspects.

EE, which became the first operator to commercially launch a 4G network in autumn 2012, provided the fastest average 4G download speed at 18.6Mbps – compared to an average of 14.7Mbps.

For Vodafone, average downloads were 16.4Mbps, O2 was 13.9Mbps and Three was 8.5Mbps.

EE also beat its rivals when it came to 4G upload speeds in the towns and cities tested, providing 17.6Mbps.

It was followed by O2 at 13.2Mbps, Vodafone at 13.1Mbps, and Three with average 4G upload speeds of 9.4Mbps.

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