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Akamai publishes state of the Internet report

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.

Country % > 5Mbps Q4 2007 change
Global 16% -2.99%
South Korea 64% -4.7%
Japan 48% +5.8%
Hong Kong 35% -9.8%
Sweden 29% -9.0%
Romania 21% +2.3%
Belgium 21% +22%
United States 20% +0.9%
Netherlands 20% -3.7%
Nepal 16% n/a
Norway 15% -11%
High Broadband Connectivity: Fastest International Countries

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.


is it possible people do sign up to high speed packages but due to throttling, high contention, line length etc. they just get poor speeds of akamai servers? The difference with this report is its based on actual achieved speeds.

  • chrysalis
  • over 12 years ago

This is one reason why I shall not be jumping onto the ADSL2+ ship, currently getting 4Mb but on ADSL2+ this will go up to a staggering 5Mb. Not worth the hassle I think unless the package is at the same price I am paying now (£20/m)

  • Pigmaster
  • over 12 years ago

quote"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"
Rubbish even if everyone on a shortline grabbed LLU adsl2+ tomorrow and as an average between them got 10Mb the percentage figure would still be so small compared to the rest of the UK we still wouldnt feature in those stats.

  • over 12 years ago

The top 4 have things like fibre, norway and holland are full of fast servers and the USA is mainly cable broadband, thats why they are in those stats the only shocks to me (maybe cos i dont know enough about broadband there) are Romania and Belgium.... particularly Romania... The UK compared to some of them is still using string and 2 rusty tin cans

  • over 12 years ago

Thw really interesting figure there is fall in 5MBit+ speeds... a very, very significant one!

  • Dawn_Falcon
  • over 12 years ago

romania has a good infrastructure, friend of mine there has a home fiber based broadband connection and says its normal for him to see 3-5ms latency to romania based servers, bandwidth there is however expensive due to poor peering out of the country.

  • chrysalis
  • over 12 years ago

Hmm good info chrysalis, i dunno why but i imagined places like romania still using dial up, obviously very naive of me, maybe it was just looking at the list if you had to perhaps pick one you think would be poor they would be it, or atleast in my, on this occasion naive mind.

  • over 12 years ago

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