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United Kingdom Ranks 26th in the World for Mobile Broadband Speed

Thursday, Feb 23rd, 2017 (3:24 pm) - Score 2,159

The latest ‘Global State of Mobile Networks’ report from OpenSignal, which pooled 19 billion data samples from over 1 million users and devices (e.g. Smartphones), has ranked the United Kingdom 26th fastest in the world for Mobile Broadband (3G / 4G) with an overall speed of 15.13Mbps.

The data, which was collected between Nov 1st 2016 to Jan 31st 2017, puts South Korea right at the top of the table with an impressive mobile data download rate of 37.5Mbps (Megabits per second). However only three other countries were able to deliver overall speeds of 30Mbps+, while the Northern and eastern European countries managed to produce strong overall average speeds over 21Mbps.

Meanwhile the United Kingdom, which often likes to compare itself against the EU’s other major states (Spain, Italy, France and Germany), sits three places below Spain in the ranking. However we did beat Italy, Germany and France, although all five countries are fairly close together and the order may change in future reports.

opensignal 2017 global mobile broadband speeds by country

OpenSignal’s report also looked at 30 of the top urban (city) areas in the EU, which handed the top spot to Budapest in Hungary (42.8Mbps). However you have to look right down the list in order to find any cities in the UK, although we do manage to squeeze four into the table. Birmingham ends up being our top city with a score of 24.2Mbps and London trails near the bottom on 20.2Mbps.


At this point the report noted that fast networks don’t always equate to highly available networks. For example, in 10 of the 30 metro areas users found that they weren’t able to maintain consistent LTE / 4G connections more than 70% of the time. German cities overall fared the poorest, while Spanish, UK and Italian cities generally performed well in either the speed or availability category but not the other (German cities routinely fell to the bottom of the table in both metrics).

The study also looked at WiFi connectivity and pointed out that no country topped the Netherlands when it came to time spent on WiFi, with users in that country being connected to a WiFi access point some 68.5% of the time. The Netherlands also had some of the fastest overall cellular data speeds in the world, which shows that having a good 3G or 4G connection doesn’t necessarily lead to shunning WiFi.

The United Kingdom also came near the top for time spent on WiFi (58.67%). In general though, OpenSignal saw a high proportion of time spent on WiFi in the majority of the 96 countries analysed. Specifically, 38 of those countries had time on WiFi scores of 50% or greater, meaning in a large part of the world users are spending as much time connected to WiFi as they are to cellular (3G / 4G) networks.

Global State of Mobile Networks

By Mark Jackson
Mark is a professional technology writer, IT consultant and computer engineer from Dorset (England), he also founded ISPreview in 1999 and enjoys analysing the latest telecoms and broadband developments. Find me on X (Twitter), Mastodon, Facebook and .
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