UK drops to 35th in global broadband speed table

An analysis of more than 160 million broadband speed tests conducted across 200 countries has revealed that the UK is ranked 35th, putting it in the bottom third of EU countries.

The annual league table of global broadband speeds, compiled by Cable, saw Singapore named the world’s fastest country, with average speeds of 60.39Mbps (compared to an average speed of 18.57Mbps in the UK), followed by Sweden, Denmark and Norway. The UK’s position of 35th is four places down on its position in last year’s results.

Dan Howdle, an analyst at Cable, said: “A number of other countries have leapfrogged us since last year, including France and Madagascar. Compared to many other countries both in and out of Europe, the UK has simply come too late to a full fibre solution. Despite plans to roll out FTTP [fibre to the premises] to UK homes across the next decade or so, the UK is likely to fall further behind while we wait.”

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