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2019 Report Ranks UK 27th in World for Mobile Broadband Speeds

Wednesday, May 29th, 2019 (7:00 am) - Score 1,424
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The latest 2019 State of Mobile Network report from Opensignal has ranked the United Kingdom 27th out of 87 countries in the world for its average Mobile Broadband (3G / 4G) download speed (21.7Mbps), as well as 30th for upload speeds (7.4Mbps), 29th for latency times (46ms) and 26th for 4G network availability (84.7%).

As usual Opensignal’s information is based off crowd-sourced data, which was gathered from users of their Smartphone (Android and iOS) app between 1st January and 31st March 2019. Overall this involved a total of 43,614,234 devices and 139,960,248,468 measurements.

Admittedly there are caveats to this sort of data. For example, crowd-sourced data can be impacted by any limitations of the device(s) being used, which at the same time removes the ability to adopt a common type of hardware in order to form a solid baseline.

Suffice to say that performance testing like this may not always tell the whole story, but Opensignal are one of the better organisations at analysing it.

The Results

Countries in Europe were found to dominate (highest scores) most of the key metrics. For example, Norway and the Netherlands both delivered average download speeds of over 40Mbps and a further six European countries topped the 30Mbps mark.

Sadly only four European countries made the top ten for 4G Availability and some major markets, including Germany, Italy and France, were “distinctly mid-table with scores under 80%“. Meanwhile Asian Pacific countries, such as South Korea, Japan and Singapore, all did extremely well

It will be interesting to see how these countries do once ultrafast 5G services start rolling out this year. The UK is expected to be one of those that gets a head start, albeit with limited spectrum until 2020 onwards. Some other countries that claim to have started their 5G deployments already are actually using something more akin to 4G.

NOTE: When it comes to latency, a lower figure in milliseconds is better (faster).

The Fastest Countries for Mobile (Q1 2019)

Country Download (Mbps) Upload (Mbps) Latency (ms) 4G Availability %
South Korea 52.4 15.1 42.2 97.5
Norway 48.2 14.5 42.3 95.5
Canada 42.5 10.2 46.4 88.8
Netherlands 42.4 12.2 38.8 92.8
Singapore 39.3 12.9 30.7 90.2
Australia 37.4 8.2 37.6 90.3
Switzerland 35.2 11.2 34 89.6
Denmark 34.6 15.3 34.8 88.6
Belgium 34.2 11.9 35.3 90.4
Japan 33 9.1 47.2 96.3
Hungary 32.7 11.4 33.4 91.4
Czech Republic 31.5 12.5 33.7 90.6
Sweden 30.8 9.7 41.4 91.1
Austria 27.5 8.8 38.6 86.6
New Zealand 27.3 7.6 55.5 76.5
Finland 27 10 41.6 89.5
Croatia 26.7 10 50.4 83.4
Taiwan 26.6 9.3 37.3 92.8
France 25.2 6.1 51.6 79.7
Spain 24.8 9.2 46.6 87.4
Qatar 24.6 8.5 38.9 86.2
Greece 23.8 6.9 42 83.2
Slovakia 23.3 8.5 40.7 84.5
Germany 22.6 7.6 44.4 76.9
Bulgaria 22.5 8.2 40.7 79.5
United Kingdom 21.7 7.4 46 84.7
Portugal 21.6 8 42.2 82.6
Serbia 21.5 7.4 37.1 83.8
Albania 21.4 6.2 74.1 72.2
United States of America 21.3 6.3 60 93
Romania 20.6 7.8 41.3 78.8
Oman 20.3 6.5 47.9 82.6
United Arab Emirates 19.9 6.4 44.1 87.3
Italy 19.9 7.3 55.1 79
Poland 17.3 6.3 47.1 82.9
Turkey 17.1 6.1 51 79
Lebanon 16.9 5.4 79.3 78.6
Hong Kong 16.7 7.1 34.5 94.1
Kuwait 16.2 8.5 44.2 90
Ireland 16.2 5.8 48.9 63.7
Myanmar 16 6.6 78.7 83.2
South Africa 15 4.6 44.7 75.9
Mexico 14.9 7 66.9 79.8
Vietnam 14.1 5.5 59.5 78.4
Bahrain 13.9 4.8 40.1 81.2
Saudi Arabia 13.6 6.6 73.5 78.9
Israel 13.6 7.9 49.8 69.5
Azerbaijan 13.4 3.4 61.9 72.9
Tunisia 13.4 4.3 48 71.8
Brazil 13 4.5 71.5 72
Argentina 12.8 4.8 58.9 79
Bolivia 12.5 6 60.6 78.7
Chile 12 5.8 52.2 76.7
Russian Federation 12 4.8 73.6 73.9
Peru 11.7 5.9 62.1 83.3
Malaysia 11.5 4.6 51.4 79.6
Kazakhstan 11.4 4.9 99.8 81
Morocco 11.2 4 66.5 76.8
Ukraine 11.2 5.1 60.6 66.4
Guatemala 10.8 5.7 62.8 73.1
Sri Lanka 10.7 3.6 63.9 68.9
Paraguay 10.6 4.4 67.5 79.1
Ecuador 10.5 3.7 97.3 57.1
Jordan 10.4 5.3 51.3 73.3
Kenya 10.1 3.8 72.1 74.2
Costa Rica 10.1 4.1 63.8 65.8
Colombia 10 3.6 75.6 73.3
Egypt 8.6 2.8 53.2 65.4
Dominican Republic 8.5 3.2 62.7 73.6
Belarus 7.7 4.3 56.5 68.6
Panama 7.2 4.7 77.5 81.5
Philippines 7 2.2 71 72.4
Indonesia 6.9 3.1 64.6 83.5
India 6.8 2.1 67.9 90.9
Ivory Coast 6.7 2.1 156.5 71.8
Pakistan 6.2 2.4 114 74.9
Thailand 5.7 3.4 47.1 88
Bangladesh 5.7 1.7 80.4 65.8
Cambodia 5.6 2.3 79 81.1
Nigeria 5.4 1.5 112.5 63
El Salvador 5.4 2.4 73.2 62.8
Senegal 5.1 1.5 115.3 77.2
Ghana 5.1 1.8 157.1 61.2
Uzbekistan 5 1.5 120.5 49.9
Nepal 4.4 1.1 80.1 57.6
Algeria 3.1 1.8 109.9 56.5
Iraq 1.6 0.7 139.4 59.7

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2 Responses
  1. Avatar Joe

    The trouble is that many of these examples are unique or misleading in some way. Quite a few have very extreme pop distribution. ie 90% of the pop in 5% of the land mass. So you can get a high figure in a small area without that wide/general coverage.

  2. Avatar SimonR

    Does this also factor in zero speeds? That is, is coverage – which personally I think is just as important – considered?

    When I still have two or three dropouts on a 25 minute work commute in Cambs/Lincs, mobile data is not something I can comfortably rely on.

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