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UK misses out on list of 100 cities with fastest broadband access

Thursday, July 29th 2010
No city in the UK has featured in a list of places with the fastest broadband connection speeds.
UK misses out on list of 100 cities with fastest broadband access
The UK has failed to feature in a new ranking of the 100 global cities with the fastest high-speed broadband access.

Carried out by analysts at Akamai, the report found that Masan, in South Korea, is the fastest city in the world in terms of its broadband infrastructure.

In contrast, the company found that the UK's speeds were lagging behind, with an average figure of 3.8Mb/s recorded.

Director of market intelligence at Akamai David Belson said the strong performance of countries like South Korea could be attributed to several reasons.

"[They] have benefited from a number of factors, such as population density and proactive government support and funding for broadband deployment," he explained.

However, a recent study from Ofcom indicates that the UK's broadband infrastructure may not be as far behind some other nations as Akamai's figures suggest.

The regulator recorded average connection speeds of 5.2Mb/s in May 2010, up from 4.1Mb/s in April 2009.

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