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Average Irish peak broadband connection speeds rise by 12%

Ireland placed 23rd in the global ranking for peak connection speeds according to new report

Average peak broadband connection speeds in Ireland rose by 12% in the fourth quarter of 2012 in a year-on-year comparison, according to figures from The State of the Internet Report from Akamai Technologies.

Taking 23rd place in a global ranking of European, Middle Eastern and African (EMEA) countries with a peak connection average of 27.0 Mbps (megabits per second), Ireland was ahead of countries including France (21.1 Mbps) and Italy (19.4 Mbps), but several places behind the UK (30.5Mbps). In terms of average measured connection speeds, the report put Ireland in 15th place in a ranking of internet connection speeds with an average Mbps of 6.6, ranking it ahead of the UK (18th) with an average Mbps of 6.5, but well behind other European countries such as Switzerland (8.7 Mbps). Mixed results for Irish broadband speed

However, average measured connection speeds for Ireland actually dropped by 6.8% year-on-year, while in comparison measured speeds grew by a staggering 27% in the UK.

In terms of high speed broadband adoption (above 10 Mbps) Ireland stood at 11%, matching the figure for the UK. While this grew by 6.2% across the year, this was an impressive 129% in the UK.

Despite this, overall adoption of broadband above 4Mbps has hit 50% in Ireland.

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