UK broadband among worst in Europe

Think tank finds UK broadband service to be worse than Slovakia, Poland and Hungary
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British broadband speeds are among the slowest in Europe according to an independent think tank. From the 23 European nations shown in the study, only six other countries delivered speeds lower than the UK's 2.6 Mbps.

In comparison, top of the broadband speed table, Finland clocks an astonishing 21.7 Mbps (that’s 8.3 times faster), something the UK can only dream about. To add injury to insult, Finnish service providers charge approximately half as much as those at home.

This study will come as a blow to the government, who only recently declared it planned to bring the UK up to speed in the hope of saving the UK economy millions of pounds.

Head of broadband at MoneySupermarket.com, Jason Lloyd, told telegraph.co.uk that the problem revolves around the century old copper wires still in use by those in Britain, whereas those in developing economies are investing in new fibre-optic technology.

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