Looking to the future, the convergence of broadband networks and mobile phones is coming.  The advent of wimax and increasingly powerful mobile broadband makes the prospect of voice calls via data networks more likely.

The 2010 Broadband Customer Satisfaction Report highlighted some interesting thoughts about the UK’s internet access options. The study, which surveyed over seven-thousand broadband users from across the UK, found that broadband bills had reduced by just over four percent from last year, while average connection speeds had increased by approximately 33 percent.

It also looked at the UK’s broadband satisfaction rates, highlighting the difference in satisfaction for some of the UK’s biggest home and mobile broadband companies. O2 topped the list with a 92% satisfaction rate, while well-known broadband provider Orange found itself in last place, boasting a mere 44% customer satisfaction level.

But despite offering one of the most competitively priced and acclaimed services in the UK, O2′s service is by no means the best on offer anywhere. We’ve looked at global broadband statistics and aimed to find the world’s best broadband connections. Where, in Asia, Europe, or the Americas, is the world’s best broadband connection found?

A 2008 study from Cisco Systems found that almost all of the world’s fastest broadband connections were in East Asia. Japan boasts the world’s most developed and extensive home broadband network, with almost all of the nation’s home able to access high-speed internet connections without regular downtime.

South Korea also appeared high on the list, claiming the world’s fastest broadband network system and an incredible broadband penetration rate. While still offering the world’s fastest connection speeds, South Korea lost out to Japan overall due to lower customer satisfaction rates and less consistent all-round internet speeds.

It’s worth noting that East Asia’s broadband advantage isn’t just due to early investment and rapid development, but a vastly more urbanised population than its European competitors. Seoul and Tokyo, two of the world’s largest city areas, have the fastest and most reliable broadband networks in Asia.

Sweden has been named Europe’s best broadband location, offering subscribers the greatest mix of connection speeds and always-on reliability. The BBC recently reported that the average connection speed in Sweden is 7.4Mbps, almost twice that of the United Kingdom and over five times the mean connection speed in Poland.

Germany and France offer some of Europe’s most competitively priced and reliable broadband services, though both lose out to their Nordic neighbours when it comes to sheer speed. The average connection speed in Germany is 4.8Mbps, while urban French connections tend to hover between four and five megabits per second.

The United States remains the world’s most connected nation, boasting an impressive sixty-six million connections and one of the world’s most developed cable networks. The vast majority of American internet subscribers rely on cable connections for their service, with broadband access relatively limited and DSL usage slowly falling out of favour.

With home broadband penetration levelling off and mobile broadband becoming increasingly popular, we could soon see a change in the world’s best broadband nations. A number of UK-based telecommunications companies are offering competitively priced mobile broadband, giving many mobile subscribers little reason to invest in a dedicated home connection.


IN SHORT: An infectious, free to download game which uses a simple tactical model to give you increasingly tough challenges. The basic concept revolves around using your iPods slide touch system to move blocks around a screen, with the aim of freeing up a red block, and then pushing that red block off the screen through a hole. It’s far better than that makes it sound…

THE LOWDOWN: This game is a real compulsive one, the type of game that has you playing level after level and struggling with the mind-blowing strategy more and more. The free version is still extremely comprehensive, yet can still be played a single level at a time should you need something to occupy you for a minute or two whilst waiting for a phone call or suchlike. It’s that kind of fliexibility that makes it a bit special, and despite being so intrinsically simple, few games have got so much playtime on out iPhone. The paid version does come with a few interesting little extras (and a host more levels), but frankly the free one is so comprehensive that it doesn’t seem worth the money until you’re thoroughly addicted. We’d give you ten minutes after kicking off!

LINK: Click here to download the paid version, and here for the free version.

COST: £0.59/ free


US Ringtone Charts: 12/06/2010

June 17, 2010

US Singles Chart:
1. Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg – California Gurls (last week – 2)
Katy Perry and Snoop Dogg put together a track that responds to Jay-Z’s Empire State Of Mind, adding an electropop tinge to rap and fusing the US’ two most fashionable and of the minute genres. A guaranteed hit, then,  and so [...]

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UK Ringtone Charts: 12/06/2010

June 17, 2010

1. Shout For England featuring Dizzee Rascal and James Cordon – Shout (new entry) – SONG OF THE WEEK
World Cup fever hits the charts this week, with Dizzee Rascal’s ‘Shout For England’ going straight in at number one, and numerous other football-themed efforts making appearances further down the numbers, too. We wonder if things will [...]

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App Of The Week: iTeleport

June 11, 2010

IN SHORT: iTeleport is a great way to connect to your computer from anywhere in the world, allowing you to act as though you’re sat next to your desktop through your iPhone. Limited, of course, but for those new to VNC this seems revolutionary. We’ve had a lot of fun with it.
THE LOWDOWN: Now in [...]

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US Ringtone Charts 06/06/2010

June 10, 2010

US Singles Chart:
1. Usher featuring Will.I.Am – OMG (last week – 1)
Usher hangs in at number one for another week with the infectious OMG, another track that’s been critically savaged but gone down extremely well with the punters. Expect ample radio play throughout the summer, especially given the inclusion of Will.I.Am, perhaps the hottest collaborative [...]

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UK Ringtone Charts: 06/06/2010

June 9, 2010

1. David Guetta – Gettin’ Over You (new entry) – SONG OF THE WEEK!
David’s third UK number one comes courtesy of a remix of his earlier song ‘gettin Over’, and features the likes of Fergie, Will.I.Am and LMFAO. Exploring Guetta’s experience of falling for a girl and being left behind, he explains that the concept [...]

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App Of The Week: The Impossible Game

June 3, 2010

IN SHORT: Bored of iPhone games that you can complete on a long bus journey? Welcome to The Impossible Game, which uses simple shapes to confuse the living daylights out of you. Like many of the best applications, simple is best here. On the surface, this looks so simple it’s almost silly, but it flatters [...]

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US Ringtone Charts 30/05/2010

June 2, 2010

US Singles Chart:
1. Usher featuring Will.I.Am – OMG (last week – 1)
A second consecutive week at number one for Usher and Will.I.Am’s dance-floor filling, autotuned beast of a track OMG. We can probably expect to be hearing this through our stereos until at least the height of summer, and it does have a certain lively [...]

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UK Ringtone Charts – 30/05/2010

May 31, 2010

1.  Dizzee Rascal – Dirtee Disco (new entry) – SONG OF THE WEEK!
Straight in at number one for Dizzee with 70s style dance floor track Dirtee Disco, in which he raps about being a robot. The track samples 70s pop and is taken from his 4th album, though it only features on ‘Tongue N’ Cheek’ [...]

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