UK ranked 21st out of 30 for broadband speed
Dec 14th 2009, 16:58
The UK comes 21st for broadband speeds in a list of 30 countries recently studied by the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development - so getting the best internet deal on the market could be a wiser choice than ever.
According to the data, the UK ranks below fellow European nations such as Spain, Portugal and Greece.
Japan and Korea took the top spots for fibre broadband, while regions such as the US, Norway, Denmark and Sweden are all making progress with this technology.
Overall broadband penetration levels saw the UK perform a little better in the table, placing it at number 13. It was also found that a majority of consumers in the country connect to broadband using a DSL line, as opposed to fibre.
The BBC reported on the study and followed up on the ideas for how the UK is planning to roll out super-fast broadband and make it widely accessible.
While BT intends to offer varying fibre network technology to about two-fifths of consumers, Virgin Media's cable supply could reach half of the homes in Britain.
Alistair Darling's Pre-Budget Report outlined a general plan for the development of next-generation broadband last week.
The chancellor of the exchequer said the aim is for 90 per cent of the population to have access to super-fast broadband by 2017. Funding for this is intended to come from a 50p monthly levy placed on UK landline users.
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