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UK Crawling Behind in World Broadband Speeds

The UK is treading water when it comes to average advertised broadband speeds.

We may offer some of the cheapest broadband in the world, but UK speeds are significantly slower than overseas.

A new league table, released by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), has put the UK in the less than enviable 14th spot below the likes of Australia, Hungary and the Slovak Republic.

The average on our shores came in at what could have been deemed a respectable 19Mbps. However, when compared to top of the table Japan, with an average of 107Mbps, it showed speed was lacking.

"I'd like to think we were improving and with the commitment announced by the Government yesterday, I hope we will improve over the next five years," Rob Bamforth, principal analyst at Quocirca, told IT PRO.

"However, the thing the averages don't show us is how bad things are in the places that aren't getting [average] speeds and how many people are encompassed at that end of the curve. This is what worries me most."

Other figures in the report were more positive though, with the UK's average monthly subscription price coming in as third cheapest behind Greece and Italy.

It also put the UK in fifth place for the number of broadband and wireless subscriptions per nation - 18,827,700 - behind the US, Japan, Germany and France.

Yet only 69.5 per cent of households had a broadband connection, putting the UK in ninth place, and only 81.2 per cent had access to a home computer, putting the UK in 10th place.

Back in August, the UK was placed 27th in a list of global speeds by Akamai and at the end of November, we only achieved 24th when it came to the value of our broadband.

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