United Kingdom slips to 35th in global table of broadband speeds

Postado Julho 11, 2018

In the 2018 Worldwide Broadband Speed League the United Kingdom has slipped from 31 (2017) to 35 place. It's the result of 168 million speed tests in 200 countries over the past year, running up to 19th May 2018.

Dan Howdle, a consumer telecoms analyst at Cable.co.uk, the firm which crunched the numbers, said in a canned quote: "Compared to many other countries both in and out of Europe the United Kingdom has simply come too late to a full fibre (FTTP) solution".

Those living in Yemen can expect speeds of just 0.31Mbps meaning a movie takes 36 hours to download.

While the United Kingdom slips in its ranking, at least the average speed has risen, from 16.51Mbps in the 12 months to 10 May 2017, to 18.57Mbps in the 12 months to 29 May 2018 (a 12.5 per cent speed increase). While the average speed also rose in the United Kingdom, it was by just 12.5%.

With average speeds of 18.57Mbps, the United Kingdom is behind 25 other European countries and among the bottom third in the European Union. That's a year-on-year increase of 23 per cent, for all the data nerds reading this.

Some 36 of the top 50 countries are in Europe, with nine in the Asia Pacifica region, two in North America, two in Latin America and one in Africa.

By contrast 25 of the worst performing countries were in Africa, 12 the Middle East, 10 in Asia, and three in South America. 136 countries also failed to meet the 10Mbps threshold Ofcom has declared the minimum speed necessary to handle the needs of a family or small business.

Our lower relative increase meant that several countries - Andorra, France, Luxembourg, Madagascar and Poland - leapfrogged the United Kingdom in the rankings.

Howdle said the UK's relatively poor performance was due to the fact that the country "has simply come too late to a full fibre - FTTP - solution" and added that "the United Kingdom is likely to fall further behind" ahead of plans to roll out fibre coming to fruition.

"Despite plans to roll out full fibre to United Kingdom homes across the next decade or so, the United Kingdom is likely to fall further behind while we wait".

Dan Howdle, an analyst at Cable, said it was "somewhat sad to see the United Kingdom not faring better".

The UK's communications infrastructure is dominated by BT via its wholly owned infrastructure arm, Openreach. Britain is falling behind, and we need to keep up with the rest of Europe. This cannot stand.

You can download a full set of the speed data or check out Cable.co.uk's interactive map right here.