If you suffer from low broadband speeds, you are not alone. According to a recent report from Akamai, the average UK download speed across all broadband users was 4.9 Mbps in the final three months of 2011. This compares with 17.5 Mbps and 9.1 Mbps in South Korea and Japan, respectively. Akamai found that the UK ranked 16th in Europe for average measured connection speed, and 14th for average peak connection speed.
According to Akamai, 9% of UK broadband users had average download speeds less than 2 Mbps. Only 30% of UK broadband users had average download speeds of over 5 Mbps.
The BBC's iPlayer requires download speeds of at least 3.5 Mbps to stream HD TV video content meaning that a significant number of UK broadband users are currently not be able to benefit from this service.