Britain Falling Behind In High-Speed Broadband
The UK’s average download speed is the 16th slowest in Europe, says IT company Akamai, and faces being shut out of the next industrial revolution. Peter Cochrane, a former BT chief technology officer, has warned, "In terms of broadband, the UK is at the back of the pack. We're beaten by almost every other European country and Asia leaves us for dust." While other nations are racing to replace the old copper telephone networks with fibre optic cables running right to household doorsteps, and capable of almost unlimited speeds, the UK has settled for a compromise.