"Internet speeds in London are some of the lowest in Europe, new data reveals, with the capital cities of Romania, Lithuania, Latvia and Slovakia all outpacing us," reports London's Evening Standard.
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London has been ranked 26th in a new index of average broadband speeds across 33 European capitals compiled by home fibre-optic provider Hyperoptic. Average download speeds in the UK capital are 26.3 megabytes per second, compared to the European average of 36.8. Download speeds in Vilnius, by contrast, are 60.14 megabytes per second, almost double the European average. Bucharest, Romania tops the index with broadband as fast as 81.2 megabytes per second.

London's lower speeds could threaten the progress of the country's digital economy, warned Hyperoptic's chairman Boris Ivanovic.

"The UK government has recognised that there is a clear need for speed, which is why back in 2012 it pledged to have the fastest broadband of any major European country by 2015," he said. "These figures demonstrate that the UK is a long way from that target."

London has lagged behind other European cities for some time; in 2009, London was ranked 23rd in Europe. Though broadband speed in London has experienced a threefold increase in the last five years, competitors have outstripped its growth. Vilnius, which ranked 13th in 2009, has increased broadband speed 4.5 times since then, pushing it up ten places to third overall.

European Capital Cities – Broadband Download Speeds

Rank Country Capital Dec, 2014 speeds
1 Romania Bucharest 81.18
2 France Paris 78.15
3 Lithuania Vilnius 60.14
4 Sweden Stockholm 58.37
5 Switzerland Bern 51.19
6 Iceland Reykjavik 50.41
7 Denmark Copenhagen 48.78
8 Finland Helsinki 44.76
9 Norway Oslo 43.80
10 Estonia Tallinn 43.32
11 Latvia Riga 42.76
12 Luxemburg Luxemburg 41.77
13 Austria Vienna 40.89
14 Slovakia Bratislava 40.77
15 Netherlands Amsterdam 39.97
16 Hungary Budapest 39.93
17 Bulgaria Sofia 38.78
18 Czeck Republic Prague 37.47
19 Portugal Lisbon 36.61
20 Ukraine Kiev 34.61
21 Spain Madrid 33.83
22 Ireland Dublin 33.36
23 Belgium Brussels 28.51
24 Poland Warsaw 26.68
26 Germany Berlin 26.51
26 United Kingdom London 26.29
27 Belarus Minsk 18.39
28 Bosnia & Herzegovina Sarajevo 12.47
29 Croatia Zagreb 12.38
30 Italy Rome 12.13
31 Serbia Belgrade 11.39
32 Cyprus Nicosia 9.58
33 Greece Athens 9.45

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