Bradford, at 99, is the only British city to figure in Akamai Technologies’ global top 100
Cloud computing and content delivery company Akamai Technologies has put the UK behind most countries in broadband penetration in a new report.
In its fourth quarter 2010 State of the Internet report of growth in global broadband speeds and mobile data consumption, Akamai Technologies had only one British city, Bradford, at 99, in its global top 100.
The report had 60 Japanese cities, 16 South Korean cities and 8 US cities in the top 100.
The report said that in the fourth quarter of 2010, a mobile provider in Greece (GR-1) was the provider with the highest average connection speed, at just over 4.5Mbps. Bradford’s average broadband connection speed is 6.09 Mbps, while South Korea’s Taegu, has an average of 18.36Mbps. The UK average is just 4.3Mbps, while London is at 3.5Mbps. Overall, Britain is in 26th place on the global broadband ranking list.
The report also found that in reviewing the average peak connection speed data for the fourth quarter, a mobile provider in the UK (UK-3) had the highest average peak connection speed, at 21.2Mbps.
UK Culture Minister Jeremy Hunt has said that the government is committed to get Britain the best superfast broadband infrastructure in Europe by the end of the current parliament.
UK Communication Minister Ed Vaizey has also said that creating the super-fast broadband network will help improve the economic and social prospects of the homes and businesses where high-speed Internet access remains just a dream.
Vaizey said, "The Government is investing over £500m in taking superfast broadband to everyone."
Recently, the European Commission (EC) has adopted technical rules on how the 900MHz and 1800MHz radio frequency bands should be used for 4G or LTE (Long-Term Evolution) and WiMax, to expand broadband reach in Europe.
The EU universal broadband program has a target to ensure that all Europeans have access to 30Mbps Internet speeds by 2020 and 50% households have access to 100Mbps or higher.