UK enters top 10 for internet speeds

UK enters top 10 for internet speeds

The UK has entered the top ten for countries with the fastest broadband speeds, with the average connection speed reaching 8.4 Mb.

That is according to the latest State of the Internet report from Akamai, which found that South Korea was once again the top performer, securing a connection of 13.3 Mb, keeping it ahead of Japan on 12Mb, despite falling by 6.4 per cent.

Akamai produces four such reports every year, examining internet speeds for each quarter, while also keeping track of the how the net is developing around the world.  

The average broadband speed globally was 3.3 Mb for the second quarter of 2014, an increase of 5.2 per cent compared to the previous three months, and a 9.2 per cent gain year-on-year.

The UK witnessed an 11 per cent rise from the first quarter, as well as an impressive 48 per cent year-on-year rise, with the rising use in fibre-optic broadband being credited as the main driver for the results.

As a result, the culture of flexible working appears to be gaining further momentum across the UK, with video conferencing, hosted telephony, and smartphones and tablets proving especially popular for many members of the workplace across the country.

This has resulted in many workers deciding to value flexible working a lot more than they would have done previously.

In fact, a recent survey by Office Angels suggested the nearly six in ten (59 per cent) office employees claimed that they would consider looking for a new job if they were denied the opportunity to work flexibly.

With internet speeds getting faster, as well as the explosion onto the scene of 4G mobile broadband, it would be foolish for any IT manager to assume that this is a trend that is going to die down anytime soon.

It might not just be the UK either, as the global average for peak connection speeds for the second quarter stood at 18.9 Mb, meaning that the phenomenon of flexible working could soon one that is truly global.

Such a global trends could also allow companies to break through domestic barriers, allowing them to potentially grow on an international scale.