United Kingdom slips to 35th in global table of broadband speeds

Doris Richards
July 11, 2018

Cable.co.uk has published its latest worldwide broadband speed league and found the United Kingdom is worse than 34 other countries. The average broadband speed in Yemen was just 0.31Mbps.

The UK's average speed was slower than 25 European countries, of which 20 were EU members.

While the United Kingdom slips in its ranking, at least the average speed has risen, from 16.51Mbps in the 12 months to 10 May 2017, to 18.57Mbps in the 12 months to 29 May 2018 (a 12.5 per cent speed increase).

Singapore ranked as the world's fastest country for the second year running, with average speeds of 60.39Mbps, while last-placed Yemen had an average speed of 0.31Mbps. The UK was in the bottom third of European Union member states.

Cable's consumer telecoms analyst, Dan Howdle, said it was "somewhat sad to see the United Kingdom not faring better".

Last year saw the Isle of Man place 50th in the table - this year, we are 62nd.

Howdle said the UK's relatively poor performance was due to the fact that the country "has simply come too late to a full fibre - FTTP - solution" and added that "the United Kingdom is likely to fall further behind" ahead of plans to roll out fibre coming to fruition.

"Despite plans to roll out full fibre to United Kingdom homes across the next decade or so, the United Kingdom is likely to fall further behind while we wait".

"Companies are now investing billions to bring this technology to the United Kingdom, but this will only be successful with the Government's full support".

Full-fibre - known as FTTP (fibre to the premises) - has previously been rejected as too costly for large-scale rollouts by United Kingdom infrastructure provider Openreach. It has been accused of not rolling out fibre broadband almost aggressively enough.

Rivals to Openreach are rolling out faster services in cities around the UK.

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"We are in the process of hiring 3,500 engineers to support us with the rollout of ultrafast fibre to 3 million more people by 2020", a spokesman told the BBC.

Dan Howdle, an analyst at Cable, said it was "somewhat sad to see the United Kingdom not faring better".

The failure of BT-owned Openreach to keep pace is reflected by its inability to roll out even fibre-to-the-cabinet broadband to large parts of London, let alone the rest of the country.

"Encouragingly, Britain is set for more fibre, with leading operators and their competitors all having committed to deploy so called full-fibre".

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