Broadband Slower Than Usual Last Night? The UK's Average Connection Speed is Falling, That's Why

By Gary Cutlack on at

Data on global internet connection speeds found that the UK lurched into a broadband recession at the end of 2011, with our average national broadband speed falling from 5.1Mbps to 4.0Mbps.

The data comes from Akami, which isn't too sure what caused the national crunch during the final quarter of last year. It could be increased contention and traffic shaping pulling down our averages in the evenings, with "greater congestion at the last mile due to heavier usage" fingered as the most likely cause for the shock drop.

The trend was reflected globally as well, with eight of the ten countries with the best connection speeds also reporting a fall. Although the global average currently stands at around 2.3mpbs for those with broadband infrastructures in place, so we can't complain too much. [ZDNet]

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