It will come as no great surprise to people when viewing the State of the Internet Report from Akamai that the UK does not figure in speed charts even though take-up of broadband is very high.
The table below lists the countries with the greatest level of high speed broadband access to Akamai servers. For those not familiar with Akamai, they provide a variety of content caching servers around the world. Thus, by analysing sources of requests for data, they are able to provide a picture of broadband use around the world.
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The UK certainly has the technology to feature, but it seems not enough people are opting for the higher priced cable products or have ADSL2+ on short enough lines to see faster than 5Mbps to Akamai services. Looking at the geographic speeds across the US is revealing. Delaware looks to be a broadband capital of the US with 60% of connections to Akamai servers at over 5Mbps, compared to almost next door District of Columbia at 27%. The variation across the United States does suggest that it is technologies like Fibre to the Home that have the biggest impact on position in this Akamai league table.
No indication is given for where the UK actually stands, at least we do not feature in the slowest countries table. Results from our own speedtester give an average UK speed of 3238Kbps.