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Q4 2017 Map of Europe and UK Countries by Mobile Data Speed

Friday, February 2nd, 2018 (12:01 am) - Score 5,656

The latest Q4 2017 crowd-sourced data from RFBenchmark has compared various European countries by their Mobile Broadband (3G/4G) performance, which found that the UK delivered an average download speed of 16.9Mbps (7.85Mbps upload) and latency of 101ms (milliseconds).

The data itself was gathered by analysing tests conducted via users of the RFBenchmark mobile application. As such we should caution that gathering data in this way, via lots of different Smartphones, can be subject to the differences / limits of end-user hardware, as well as general variations in local 3G / 4G coverage and capacity etc. The similar reports from Open Signal (here) are also worth checking out.

Broadly speaking the results suggest that most countries seem to be on about the same sort of performance level as the United Kingdom for download performance, except for the slowpokes of Ireland, Belarus, Russia, Ukraine and Luxembourg.


The highest average data download speed in Europe

1. Croatia: 22.4 Mbps
2. Austria: 21.6 Mbps
3. France: 20.4 Mbps

The lowest average data download speed in Europe

Ukraine: 4.89 Mbps
Belarus: 7.65 Mbps
Ireland: 8.11 Mbps

The highest average data upload speed in Europe

1. Austria: 11.7 Mbps
2. The Netherlands: 11.0 Mbps
3. Georgia: 10.02 Mbps

The lowest average data upload speed in Europe

Ukraine: 2.11 Mbps
Belarus: 3.46 Mbps

The lowest ping value (lower latency = fastest)

1. Estonia: 28 ms
2. Latvia: 39 ms
3. Finland: 44 ms

The highest ping value

Ukraine: 165 ms
Romania: 125 ms
Russia: 120 ms

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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 Twitter, , Facebook and Linkedin.
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5 Responses
  1. Steve Jones says:

    Whenever I see caveat used as a verb, not a noun, it makes me wince. However, the momentum of its use that way appears to be unstoppable.

    1. Mark Jackson says:

      Just for you Steve I’ve changed the word to ‘caution’ 🙂 .

    2. Steve Jones says:

      That’s very generous of you. Mark up one for the old fossils like me, although I know it’s a lost cause.

    3. Optimist says:

      But “caveat” IS a verb – it’s Latin for “let him beware”.

  2. Mike says:

    For the me the main concern with mobile is latency now that speeds are reasonable, I think 5G should fix that.

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