Broadband speeds rise in developed markets but United Kingdom drops in ranking

Britain broadband speeds

According to the latest global speed rankings, we've dropped four places in the past year.

Analysis of 163 million broadband speed tests across 200 countries indicates Singapore ranks as the world's fastest country, with Yemen the slowest.

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. The average broadband speed in Yemen was just 0.31Mbps.

The UK's ranking - while above 165 other countries - puts it in the bottom third of European Union member states. The UK was in the bottom third of European Union member states. Unfortunately that still means we're behind the likes of France, the U.S., all of Scandinavia, and Japan, to name a few. While the average speed also rose in the United Kingdom, it was by just 12.5%.

Globally, average speeds have risen from 7.4Mbps to 9.10Mbps. That's a year-on-year increase of 23 per cent, for all the data nerds reading this.

By contrast 25 of the worst performing countries were in Africa, 12 the Middle East, 10 in Asia, and three in South America.

In a statement they disclosed that 136 countries failed to achieve average speeds above 10Mbps.

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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.

Last year saw the Isle of Man place 50th in the table - this year, we are 62nd. Compared to many other countries both in and out of Europe, the United Kingdom has simply come too late to a full fibre solution.

There has been a big push in the United Kingdom to roll out fibre to every home, but unless you have access to the likes of Virgin Media, you are lucky to get the 80Mbps offered via the current OpenReach infrastructure.

So who do we blame for this?

The UK's communications infrastructure is dominated by BT via its wholly owned infrastructure arm, Openreach. The government? Whoever is in charge of this sort of thing should take note. Whether that means improving connections, making faster connections more affordable, or something I haven't thought of. This cannot stand.

For the latest speed results on an interactive map you can head on over to this page, or alternatively check through the rankings and speeds data in an excel spreadsheet hosted on Google Docs and which provides a more detailed year by year comparison.

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