UK a Miserable 12th in European Broadband Speed League Table

By Gary Cutlack on at

The government's ambition to give us the best broadband in Europe by 2015 has some way to go, with our pipes only the 12th fattest in Europe and languishing well behind the quickest connections offered around the globe.

The broadband speed data comes from cloud content specialist Akamai, which claims to have monitored a staggering 680 million IP addresses from 243 countries during the third quarter of 2012. The results of its State of the Internet data haul tell us that, as expected, South Korea is the place to live if you want the best Xbox Live connection, with average speeds of 14.7Mbps across the country.

In Europe, it's Switzerland that emerges best with an average of 8.7Mbps, with the UK back in 12th position with an overall average of 6.299Mbps. Our average peak connection speeds are showing some impressive highs, though, with a peak of 28.1Mbps recorded in Q3 of 2012, up from an average peak of 24.4Mbps in the same period of 2011. [State of the Internet via The Register]