UK broadband inadequate for future needs!


Research recently carried our for Cisco jointly by Oxford University’s Said Business School and Spain’s University of Oviedo’s Department of Applied Economics has placed the UK 25th out of 66 countries in terms of the quality and reach of its networks.

Out of the 4 classifications, ranked in quality order from ready for tomorrow, comfortable for today, meeting needs for today and below needs for today the UK only managed to be ranked as “meeting needs for today”. South Korea and Japan are leading the way with the former promising 1Gigabit per second speeds by 2012. This is in stark contrast to the current situation in the UK, where the average download speed was measured at 4.75Mbps (megabits per second), while average upload speed was 1.3Mbps. Researchers estimated that 11.25Mbps and an upload speed of 5Mbps is required to cope comfortably with future applications.

Joanne Hughes, Cisco’s communication manager did comment on a positive note “We forecast the UK will improve because of things such as cable networks being upgraded and the Digital Britain report focusing on next generation access”. Hopefully the Government will stay committed to improving broadband quality in the UK, at present we lagging behind due to an aging infrastructure that requires significant investment.

The research was based on 24 million speed tests done in 66 countries via