United Kingdom slips to 35th place in World Broadband Speed League

UK slips to 35th place in World Broadband Speed League

UK slips to 35th place in World Broadband Speed League

Britain's place in global broadband speed rankings has slipped four places to 35th, according to a survey.

The UK had one of the lowest ranks of the European Union member states, coming 21st out of 28.

The city-state of Singapore, once again, comes out on top, with an average broadband speed of 60.39Mbps, while war-ravaged Yemen brings up the rear with an average of just 0.31Mbps.

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. While the average speed also rose in the United Kingdom, it was by just 12.5%. As well as the headlining slippage in the UK's world ranking, it was revealed that the UK's average internet connection speed is 18.57Mbps. That's a year-on-year increase of 23 per cent, for all the data nerds reading this.

36 of the top 50 fastest-performing countries are located in Europe, with nine in Asia & Pacific, two in North America, two in South/Latin America and just one in Africa. 136 countries also failed to meet the 10Mbps threshold Ofcom has declared the minimum speed necessary to handle the needs of a family or small business.

"It's been very interesting looking at the data for a second year running, not least because we have three times as much of it this time around".

He added: "A number of other countries have leapfrogged us since a year ago, including France and Madagascar. Despite plans to roll out FTTP to United Kingdom homes across the next decade or so, the United Kingdom is likely to fall further behind while we wait".

"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".

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.

So who do we blame for this? 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.

New research from cable.co.uk has revealed the latest Speed League for broadband with the United Kingdom outperformed by countries including Spain, Romania and Switzerland.