Home
 » ISP News » 
Sponsored

Average Global Internet Download Speeds Reach 3.3Mb as UK Hit 8.4Mb

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013 (11:30 am) - Score 3,009
global_internet_connections_icbm

Global content delivery network Akamai has published its latest State of the Internet Q2 – 2013 report, which found that the worlds average Internet download speed reached 3.3Mbps (up 5.5% from 3.1Mbps in Q1). Happily the UK has topped 8.4Mbps (up 11% from 7.9Mbps) and is now ranked as the 10th fastest globally (up from 12th).

Admittedly Akamai’s statistics typically reflect the regional performance of its Content Delivery Network (CDN) and their connections with related ISP servers around the world. As a result the data shouldn’t be taken as a reliable reflection of real-world end-user connection speeds, although it’s clear that the UK has continued to improve and at a faster pace than some of our closest rivals.

The report found that 75% of broadband users in the United Kingdom experienced broadband download speeds of above 4Mbps (up from 73% in Q1-2013) and 23% were able to receive speeds of 10Mbps+ (up from 20%). The country’s top peak speed also reached 37.1Mbps (up from 36.3Mbps). We might not quite be up to South Korean standards but the situation is getting better.

akamai q2 2013 average global internet download speeds

In theory, and if the current pace of improvement is maintained, then we might just be able to leapfrog Sweden and the USA within the next quarter or two, which would be particularly impressive given that much of Sweden can access a true fibre optic (FTTH) network.

On the other hand it should also be stressed that the impact of aspects like Traffic Management, network congestion and package choice (i.e. some customers will pick a slower speed package to save money) can all effect the results. But with that in mind it’s also worth seeing how the United Kingdom compares against the rest of Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

akamai q2 2013 average emea broadband speeds

Finally the average Mobile Broadband download speed in the United Kingdom has remained completely static at 3.06Mbps, although the average mobile peak speeds topped 19.53Mbps (up from 19.33Mbps).

Akamai’s State of the Internet Q2 2013 Report
http://www.akamai.com/stateoftheinternet/

Share with Twitter
Share with Linkedin
Share with Facebook
Share with Reddit
Share with Pinterest
Tags:
By Mark Jackson
Mark is a professional technology writer, IT consultant and computer engineer from Dorset (England), he also founded ISPreview in 1999 and enjoys analysing the latest telecoms and broadband developments. Find me on Twitter, , Facebook and Linkedin.
Leave a Comment
1 Response
  1. Ignitionnet says:

    Excellent increase for the UK there, 48% up in a year, joint top. Result of Virgin Media tier upgrades and Openreach’s ongoing rollout of FTTC.

    I do have to admit I wish some of that progress would come here!

Comments are closed.

Comments RSS Feed

Javascript must be enabled to post (most browsers do this automatically)

Privacy Notice: Please note that news comments are anonymous, which means that we do NOT require you to enter any real personal details to post a message. By clicking to submit a post you agree to storing your comment content, display name, IP, email and / or website details in our database, for as long as the post remains live.

Only the submitted name and comment will be displayed in public, while the rest will be kept private (we will never share this outside of ISPreview, regardless of whether the data is real or fake). This comment system uses submitted IP, email and website address data to spot abuse and spammers. All data is transferred via an encrypted (https secure) session.

NOTE 1: Sometimes your comment might not appear immediately due to site cache (this is cleared every few hours) or it may be caught by automated moderation / anti-spam.

NOTE 2: Comments that break our rules, spam, troll or post via known fake IP/proxy servers may be blocked or removed.
Cheapest Superfast ISPs
  • Hyperoptic £15.00 (*25.00)
    Speed 50Mbps, Unlimited
    Gift: None
  • Vodafone £19.50 (*22.50)
    Speed 35Mbps, Unlimited
    Gift: None
  • NOW £20.00 (*32.00)
    Speed 36Mbps, Unlimited
    Gift: None
  • Shell Energy £21.99 (*30.99)
    Speed 35Mbps, Unlimited
    Gift: None
  • Plusnet £22.99 (*38.20)
    Speed 36Mbps, Unlimited
    Gift: £70 Reward Card
Large Availability | View All
New Forum Topics
Cheapest Ultrafast ISPs
  • Hyperoptic £20.00 (*35.00)
    Speed: 150Mbps, Unlimited
    Gift: None
  • Vodafone £24.00 (*27.00)
    Speed: 100Mbps, Unlimited
    Gift: None
  • Community Fibre £25.00 (*29.50)
    Speed: 300Mbps, Unlimited
    Gift: None
  • Gigaclear £27.00 (*59.00)
    Speed: 500Mbps, Unlimited
    Gift: None
  • Virgin Media £27.00 (*51.00)
    Speed: 108Mbps, Unlimited
    Gift: None
Large Availability | View All
The Top 20 Category Tags
  1. FTTP (3506)
  2. BT (3010)
  3. Politics (1925)
  4. Building Digital UK (1919)
  5. FTTC (1882)
  6. Openreach (1822)
  7. Business (1680)
  8. Mobile Broadband (1469)
  9. Statistics (1406)
  10. FTTH (1364)
  11. 4G (1271)
  12. Fibre Optic (1167)
  13. Virgin Media (1159)
  14. Wireless Internet (1153)
  15. Ofcom Regulation (1140)
  16. Vodafone (836)
  17. EE (830)
  18. TalkTalk (761)
  19. 5G (760)
  20. Sky Broadband (744)
Promotion
Helpful ISP Guides and Tips
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
Sponsored

Copyright © 1999 to Present - ISPreview.co.uk - All Rights Reserved - Terms , Privacy and Cookie Policy , Links , Website Rules , Contact