UK down in the dumps with broadband

Wednesday, June 30th 2010
Broadband infrastructure in the UK is worse than the networks across much of the developed world, new research shows.
UK down in the dumps with broadband
The UK has been ranked 14th in the world in terms of broadband and telecoms infrastructure, it has been revealed.

Sweden ranked top, with the other three major Scandinavian countries also making the top ten in the 2010 Digital Economy Rankings, previously known as the e-Readiness Rankings.

The financial centres of Hong Kong and Singapore were also placed inside the top ten alongside the US, which came in third.

Based on the standard and range of broadband networks and mobile coverage, the study from the Economist Intelligence Unit examined over 70 countries for the survey.

Recently, web-based speed testing and diagnostics firm Ookla placed the UK behind the likes of Uganda and Azerbaijan for broadband download speeds.

The news comes as British firms such as BT, which is investing £2.5 billion in network infrastructure, prepare to roll-out superfast broadband to the country with a series of projects.

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