Broadband speeds in UK among slowest in Europe

An annual study ranking the average broadband speeds of 221 countries and territories has revealed that the UK is among the slowest in Europe for broadband speed rankings.

Britain has dropped 13 places in the annual study, placing it 47th fastest in the world. Last year, the UK ranked 34th for average broadband speed.

The report, based on 577m broadband speed tests worldwide, now ranks the UK’s average broadband speed as the eighth slowest in western Europe. Consumers in 21 countries, including major economies such as Spain, Germany and France, enjoy faster speeds.

This means that digital tasks, such as downloading a film to watch, take significantly longer, with the average broadband speed in the UK less than half that of the western European average. In the UK it takes on average 18 minutes to download a 5GB movie to watch, in Spain it takes just 12 minutes, Sweden eight minutes and Switzerland six mins.

According to Ofcom, just over 10 per cent of UK households have access to next-generation full-fibre broadband, compared with above 80 per cent in many developed countries.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants a complete ‘gigabit speed’ UK network, a combination of full-fibre and other super-fast technology used in Virgin Media’s cable and broadband network, by 2025 and has pledged a £5 billion fund to support services reaching the most remote parts of the UK.

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