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United Kingdom slips to 35th place in World Broadband Speed League

11 July 2018

The UK has fallen to 35th place in an annual worldwide broadband speed league table.

Coming in at number one for the second year in a row is Singapore which is all thanks to the infrastructural development and FTTP (pure fibre) availability, and speeds of 60.39Mbps.

According to the analysis, carried out during the 12 months to 29 May, the United Kingdom achieved an average speed of 18.57Mbps, which means downloading a 5GB HD movie would typically take just over 36 minutes.

On the bright side, we do at least beat China (averaging 2.38Mbps), India (5.19Mbps) and Yemen, which enjoys a truly dismal average download speed of 0.31Mbps. Similarly, while the United Kingdom is in the bottom third of European Union member states, its broadband speeds still come ahead of major world countries, including Ireland, Russia, Italy, Canada, and Australia.

With average speeds of 18.57Mbps, the United Kingdom is behind 25 other European countries and among the bottom third in the European Union. While the average speed also rose in the United Kingdom, it was by just 12.5%.

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. 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.

Ireland remains static in 36th place in the global broadband league tables, behind 26 other European countries.

While the speeds in the United Kingdom were not the best, there were other measurements - such as availability and speed - where the United Kingdom would fare better, said Matthew Howett, principal analyst at research company Assembly. Compared to many other countries both in and out of Europe, the United Kingdom has simply come too late to a full fibre solution.

So who do we blame for this?

The failure of BT-owned Openreach to keep pace is reflected by its inability to roll out even fibre-to-the-cabinet broadband to large parts of London, let alone the rest of the country.

Unsurprisingly, the slowest speeds overall were found in less economically developed states: Yemen, East Timor and Turkmenistan.

United Kingdom slips to 35th place in World Broadband Speed League