In a report published by Akamai last year, the UK’s average fixed line broadband download speed was recorded at 15Mbps, a minimal rise from the 14.9Mbps at the beginning of 2016.
We keep hearing about ‘super-fast’ broadband in the UK, but why does there seem to be no improvement? In reality we are slipping down the global broadband connectivity charts, being dropped to 20th in the rankings last year.
The truth is, what we call ‘super-fast’ is actually quite a limited and outdated technology – broadband is improving only slowly in the UK because of the Government’s determination to rely on BT’s old metal/fibre hybrid network.
The gap between our network and the rest of the world will only get bigger over time as other countries invest in faster technology. Last year the global average peak connection speed increased by 3.7% to 36Mbps, while once again the UK remained fairly static.
This is particularly relevant for UK businesses, who will be at an ever-increasing disadvantage to their global counterparts should the gap continue to widen.
A faster broadband connection gives you much more than just quicker access to the internet and email. It allows your business to work smarter and more efficiently, as well as future proofing your business.
Please call us on 0800 195 5115 if you would like to discuss your business’ broadband needs with an Account Manager.