The UK’s average broadband speed is lower than most of Europe

The UK's average broadband speed is lower than most of Europe

The UK’s average broadband speed is lower than most of Europe

 
In a worldwide broadband test that was conducted by the research group M-Lab it was found that the UK sat at 31st place when it came to average broadband speeds, sitting behind most of its European neighbours and behind both the US and Canada. 
M-Lab is a partnership between New America’s Open Technology Institute, Google Open Source Research and Princeton University’s PlanetLab, who aggregated over 63 million tests that have taken place over a year until May 10th 2017. 
The UK came out of this test with average broadband speeds of 16.51Mbps, which is less than half of what was reported by Ofcom in their most recent estimates. This report places the UK ahead of both France and Ireland, who achieved average broadband speeds of 13.43Mbps and 13.92Mbps respectively and behind countries like Germany, Portugal, Spain and Lithuania who achieved average speeds of 18.8Mbps, 21.72Mbps, 19.6Mbps and 25.12Mbps respectively.  
Sitting at the top of the leaderboard is Singapore, Sweden and Taiwan, with speeds of 55.13Mbps, 40.16Mbps and 34.4Mbps respectively, all of which offer double the speed of the UK average. 

  

The UK's average broadband speed is lower than most of Europe(The Global Broadband leaderboard is available to view here)  

 

This data gives a fresh perspective on how the UK compares to other countries in terms of internet connectivity, showing that while we are near the top of the table that a lot of work needs to be done to push past our rivals in Europe. 

As the digital economy continues to grow the UK must be placed in a position to take advantage of it, which means that faster average broadband speeds are a must, not just in our cities but across the nation. 

 

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