UK broadband speed climbs 41 per cent in a year - Telegraph
Broadband speeds in the UK are climbing rapidly, according to Akamai's latest State of the Internet report

Patchy broadband provision has long been one of Britons’ biggest complaints, but the latest figures suggest that internet services in the UK compare favourably against those in other countries.

The average internet connection speed in Britain is now 7.9Mbps – a yearly increase of 41 per cent – according to the latest State of the Internet report from network firm Akamai, making the UK the seventh best-connected country in Europe and twelfth in the world.

While there is a well-known discrepancy between connection speeds in cities and rural areas, those that are lucky enough to get the top speeds are recording peaks of 36.6Mbps – a yearly increase of 53 percent.

Meanwhile, 20 per cent of the country now has access to broadband speeds of more then 10Mbps, up 208 per cent year-on-year, and 73 per cent can get more than 4Mbps.

The news will be welcomed by the government, which has been investing heavily in broadband services in the UK. In June, a further 250 million was announced to extend "superfast" broadband coverage from the original 2015 goal of around 90 per cent to a target of 95 per cent by 2017.

“It’s absolutely crucial, if we want to rebalance our economy that it’s not just the biggest cities that have access to the fastest broadband,” said Danny Alexander, chief secretary to the Treasury, at the time.

However, telecoms executives recently attacked the government for “moving the goalposts” on a subsidy scheme to provide superfast broadband to rural homes and businesses, so that BT was effectively awarded 1.2 billion in public money without competition.

Akamai’s report also looked at the amount of attack traffic originating from different countries. China remained the primary source of attack traffic, but its share fell to 34 per cent during the quarter, while Indonesia’s grew from near zero to over 20 per cent.

The top 10 countries generated more than 80 percent of the observed attack traffic during the quarter. Following Italy and Hungary dropping-off the top 10 ranking, Romania is the only European country listed in ninth place.

Meanwhile, the UK saw a 0.6 per cent increase in the volume of attack traffic coming from within its boundaries during the quarter, according to the report.