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United Kingdom drops in worldwide broadband speed rankings

United Kingdom drops in worldwide broadband speed rankings United Kingdom drops in worldwide broadband speed rankings
Sandy Mccarthy | 11 July, 2018, 23:10

THE UK has slipped further down the Worldwide Broadband Speed League table, falling four places to number 35.

In fact, the United Kingdom has actually slipped one place in the league and now comes 35th overall for speeds.

In Britain, our average is just 18.57Mbps which means downloading a full HD movie would take around 36 minutes - over three times as long as those living in Singapore.

The analysis compared speeds in 200 countries and found that average broadband speeds are rising across the globe.

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. Unsurprisingly, Singapore is still in the lead with a 60Mbps average speed.

In particular, broadband speeds in the United Kingdom now trail Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Estonia, Lithuania, the Czech Republic and Slovenia - among others - in Europe, and has even been leapfrogged by Madagascar. Meanwhile Macao dropped behind, leaving the United Kingdom four spots down since a year ago. The UK was in the bottom third of European Union member states. The most impressive member states were Denmark, Sweden and Romania, while Cyprus came in 28th place.

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36 of the top 50 best-performing countries were based in Europe, with nine in Asia, two in North America, two in South America, and one in Africa.

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

The country with the worst internet is Yemen, which is 195 times slower than the internet in Singapore with speeds at 0.31Mbps.

The data was collected for the second year in a row across the 12 months up to 29 May this year by M-Lab, a partnership between New America's Open Technology Institute, Google Open Source Research, Princeton University's PlanetLab and other supporting partners, and compiled by Cable.

Openreach is still owned by BT but in November 2016 was ordered by regulator Ofcom to become a legally separate company, in part because of its slowness to deploy super-fast broadband.

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