Broadband quality and availability improves

Several countries around the world are enhancing their broadband infrastructure to improve the quality and availability of broadband connections, an Oxford University study has found.

The study, sponsored by Cisco Systems, found that of the 72 countries and 239 cities around the world, the quality of broadband connections improved by 50 per cent over the past three years.

According to the study, 49 per cent of the countries now enjoy access to broadband as compared with just 40 per cent in 2008.

South Korea topped the list with cent percent broadband penetration. Hong Kong, Japan, and Iceland were also ranked among the countries with the best broadband connections.

The US shared its 15th spot with Canada, France, and Latvia. In the US, fixed-line customers’ broadband access jumped from 69 per cent in 2009 to 75 per cent. The average download speed and the upload speed in the US have been reported at 9.6Mbps and 2.2Mbps, respectively.

Mobile broadband in the US has also improved. The average mobile download speed is reported at 936Kbps, up 35 per cent from last year, while upload speeds jumped more than 100 per cent to around 277Kbps.

The UK shared 18th spot with Germany and Estonia. The broadband access in the UK improved 23 per cent in just one year. In 2010, download speed improved 39 per cent from last year, while upload speed shot up 17 per cent. Three-quarters of UK households already have access to broadband.

The average worldwide download speed jumped from 3.27Mbps in 2008 to 5.92Mbps this year, while the average upload speed shot up from 794Kbps in 2008 to 1.77Mbps in 2010.