Sluggish broadband speeds put UK outside top 30


New data extracted from more than 63m broadband speed tests globally has revealed that the UK speeds are behind 30 other countries.

Britain’s average speed of 16.51Mbps was less than half that reported by telecoms regulator Ofcom in its UK Home Broadband Performance earlier this year.

New Zealand’s average speed was slightly higher than the UK, with 16.6Mbps.

Other European countries which had higher speeds than the UK included Sweden, Denmark, The Netherlands, Latvia, Norway, Belgium, Switzerland, Lithuania, Estonia, Hungary, Portugal, Romania, Finland, Spain, Slovakia, Germany, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic.

The country with the fastest broadband speed was Singapore, whose average speed was 55.13Mbps and the slowest in the list was Yemen with a speed of 0.34Mbps.

As per the study, the average time it took to download a 7.5GB of HD movie was 18 minutes in Singapore and the same would take over two days in Yemen.

The study shows that Europe has 20 of the top 30 fastest-performing countries, with 7 in Asia, 2 in North America and 1 in Oceania.

Similarly, 17 of the 30 countries with the slowest broadband speeds were in  Africa, with 7 in Asia, 6 in South America and 1 in Oceania.

The study also showed that 139 countries did not achieve average speeds of 10Mbps, a speed that  Ofcom deemed to be required to fulfil the needs of an average family or a small business.

Read more: BT makes £600m universal broadband proposal consumer telecoms analyst Dan Howdle said: “These results offer us a fresh perspective on where we sit in the broadband world. Relatively speaking, we are near the top of the table. However, many of those ahead of us – some a long way ahead – are our neighbours both in the EU and wider Europe.”

“Superfast rollout in the UK continues apace. Goals are being met, new initiatives undertaken and public funds being made available. However, clearly there are lessons to be learned both from Europe and from those topping the table.”

M-Lab independent researcher Collin Anderson said: “The research demonstrates the value of network measurements and open data across countries to understand where countries rank against each other and to provide evidence that facilitates public learning about broadband development.” compiled figures from a year-long study, up to the 10th of May this year by M-Lab, a partnership between New America’s Open Technology Institute, Google Open Source Research and Princeton University’s PlanetLab and other supporting partners.