Akami's quarterly 'State of the internet' report suggests that British internet connections reach an average speed of 5Mbps, the 15th fastest in Europe.
South Korea boasts the fastest average in the world, achieving connections of around 13.3Mbps. The Netherlands was named as Europe's best service provider, making it fourth in the world.
The UK stats were attributed to the unbalanced service across Britain. Rural areas suffer slower connection speeds than major cities. Network provider Three previously distributed free 3G dongles to countryside residents to help rectify the problem.
Of the 22 European countries surveyed, ten were listed in the so-called 'Higher Broadband' category. The UK failed to achieve this feat.
Back in August, the coalition government pledged £363 million of investment to help fulfil its promise to bring broadband of at least two megabits per second to every British home by 2015.
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