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UK Ranks 34th out of 207 Countries for Average Broadband Speed

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019 (8:04 am) - Score 14,938
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The annual 2019 world speeds report from research firm M-Lab and Cable.co.uk has revealed that for 2019 the United Kingdom delivered an average (mean) broadband ISP download speed of just 22.37Mbps (up from 18.57Mbps in 2018 and 16.51Mbps in 2017), ranking us 34th fastest in the world (up from 35th last year).

The research stems from information gathered via 276 million speed tests (up from the 163 million conducted last year), which were carried out across the world. The average global broadband download speed was recorded as 11.03Mbps, which is up by 20.65% on the 9.10Mbps recorded last year.

However we note that the average UK speed of 22.37Mbps (Megabits per second) is well below the 54.2Mbps recorded by Ofcom’s 2019 fixed line broadband speeds report (here) and is also way off the 61.75Mbps reported by Ookla’s (Speedtest.net) study published in June 2019 (here). Admittedly Ofcom and Ookla used different methodologies to M-Lab but that’s still a huge gap.

Despite this the UK has done a reasonable job of holding and even slightly improving its position since last year’s study, although we remain positioned behind two thirds of other EU countries. This is due in no small part to being behind on our “full fibre” (FTTP) deployments and related “ultrafast broadband” coverage (as illustrated here). Likewise the top countries in today’s study all have strong full fibre coverage.

NOTE: Interestingly Jersey is ranked 4th in this table (67.46Mbps), largely thanks to JT’s island-wide full fibre network.

As usual speed testing based reports like this should be taken with a pinch of salt because they can easily be misinterpreted. In particular, nobody should be equating such studies to directly reflect the availability of faster connections as the two are far from being in sync. On top of that people are more likely to measure their speed if there is something wrong or if they aren’t getting the speed they need, which can produce a negative bias.

At present it’s estimated that fixed “superfast broadband” (24Mbps+) networks are available to almost 96% of UK premises (rising to around 98% by the end of 2020) and around 55-60% can access an “ultrafast” (100Mbps+) network, although in reality many people have yet to upgrade (i.e. they cannot afford, are aware of or even feel the need to upgrade). However, roughly a third of premises still subscribe to far slower copper ADSL lines, despite most now being within reach of faster networks.

Speed tests like this can also be impacted by other factors, such as poor home wiring, user choice of package (e.g. 1Gbps could be available but most people may still pick a slower and cheaper tier), local network congestion and slow home WiFi performance etc. Likewise it’s unclear whether this study has also lumped 3G / 4G Mobile data speeds or business connections in with fixed line services.

Nevertheless if we assume that such caveats will apply to all countries then the data is still useful as a rough gauge of market change and take-up across the world. The good news is that the UK Government now aspires to achieve nationwide coverage of full fibre broadband by 2033. The bad news is that’s a long way away and we’re playing catch-up with those who have been deploying at scale for many years longer (i.e. don’t be surprised if our ranking in future years slips again).

Country Rank Avg. Download Speed (Mbps)
% Speed Change (2019 vs 2018)
Taiwan 1 85.02 202.62%
Singapore 2 70.86 17.34%
Jersey 3 67.46 118.32%
Sweden 4 55.18 19.94%
Denmark 5 49.19 11.84%
Japan 6 42.77 47.77%
Luxembourg 7 41.69 18.64%
Netherlands 8 40.21 11.83%
Switzerland 9 38.85 29.86%
San Marino 10 38.73 Sample too small
Norway 11 38.46 -4.13%
Andorra 12 38.31 41.16%
Spain 13 36.06 32.61%
Belgium 14 35.69 -2.78%
United States 15 32.89 27.18%
Latvia 16 32.74 14.36%
New Zealand 17 32.72 37.67%
Estonia 18 31.55 13.05%
Hong Kong 19 31.37 18.57%
Hungary 20 31.10 -8.56%
Lithuania 21 30.66 12.86%
France 22 30.44 25.62%
Slovakia 23 29.45 16.39%
Finland 24 29.34 22.22%
Canada 25 28.76 47.63%
Slovenia 26 27.83 29.98%
Germany 27 24.64 2.69%
Poland 28 24.38 23.59%
Ireland 29 23.87 31.03%
Malaysia 30 23.86 79.43%
Czechia 31 23.27 -1.86%
Portugal 32 22.75 6.90%
Madagascar 33 22.57 -9.23%
United Kingdom 34 22.37 20.48%
Iceland 35 22.13 17.37%
Liechtenstein 36 22.04 24.46%
Romania 37 21.80 -43.52%
Gibraltar 38 20.27 37.77%
Monaco 39 20.20 83.22%
Austria 40 19.33 10.41%
Macao 41 19.19 19.09%
Republic of Korea 42 19.18 -7.03%
Serbia 43 19.17 47.48%
Guernsey 44 18.26 57.71%
Thailand 45 18.21 6.79%
Malta 46 18.16 33.58%
Italy 47 17.30 14.54%
Croatia 48 17.22 10.40%
Bulgaria 49 16.95 -16.07%
Australia 50 16.36 39.90%
Cayman Islands 51 16.12 40.29%
Barbados 52 16.03 -6.11%
Aruba 53 15.15 14.18%
Russia 54 14.89 10.17%
Bermuda 55 13.55 48.43%
Greece 56 13.41 18.64%
Belarus 57 13.19 43.20%
Trinidad and Tobago 58 12.90 13.41%
Kosovo 59 12.07 3.72%
Republic of Moldova 60 11.56 -16.75%
U.S. Virgin Islands 61 11.45 8.56%
Bahamas 62 11.13 11.86%
Isle of Man 63 11.04 4.69%
Cyprus 64 11.00 -0.87%
Faroe Islands 65 10.21 -1.60%
Réunion 66 10.02 321.45%
United Arab Emirates 67 9.62 120.91%
Dominica 68 9.48 76.00%
Uruguay 69 9.16 47.86%
Montenegro 70 9.10 35.15%
Jamaica 71 9.08 10.10%
Israel 72 8.85 15.78%
Turks and Caicos Islands 73 8.78 -24.96%
India 74 8.66 66.80%
South Africa 75 8.40 31.79%
Panama 76 8.09 14.78%
Puerto Rico 77 8.00 16.32%
North Macedonia 78 7.97 -9.62%
Bonaire, Sint Eustatius, and Saba 79 7.92 Sample too small
British Virgin Islands 80 7.75 73.89%
Ukraine 81 7.72 -31.57%
Sri Lanka 82 7.67 31.49%
Curaçao 83 7.64 27.54%
Kenya 84 7.62 -24.63%
Albania 85 7.61 36.99%
Bosnia and Herzegovina 86 7.53 2.23%
Martinique 87 7.23 25.78%
Georgia 88 7.14 14.20%
Vietnam 89 7.02 4.43%
Belize 90 6.80 73.00%
Guadeloupe 91 6.72 59.56%
Indonesia 92 6.65 15.15%
Greenland 93 6.51 Sample too small
Bahrain 94 6.24 23.44%
St Kitts and Nevis 95 6.16 0.57%
Saint Lucia 96 6.08 102.32%
Philippines 97 6.05 16.68%
Mexico 98 6.02 5.83%
Antigua and Barbuda 99 5.91 53.32%
Morocco 100 5.48 35.94%
Qatar 101 5.35 40.81%
Turkey 102 5.27 7.57%
Saudi Arabia 103 5.27 28.80%
Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan 104 5.20 26.60%
Sint Maarten 105 5.13 9.63%
Grenada 106 5.07 106.32%
Oman 107 5.07 32.28%
Mauritius 108 5.02 109.62%
Myanmar 109 4.87 17.49%
Armenia 110 4.85 23.12%
Brazil 111 4.84 87.54%
Brunei 112 4.78 15.28%
Kazakhstan 113 4.66 4.82%
Tunisia 114 4.64 26.20%
Fiji 115 4.62 73.96%
Anguilla 116 4.59 Sample too small
Costa Rica 117 4.52 14.01%
Iran 118 4.39 99.09%
New Caledonia 119 4.34 37.47%
Saint-Barthélemy 120 4.12 Sample too small
Dominican Republic 121 4.09 -7.29%
Cambodia 122 4.03 -1.85%
Saint Martin 123 3.98 Sample too small
Chile 124 3.89 -17.90%
Kuwait 125 3.88 40.33%
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 126 3.81 46.60%
Guam 127 3.73 34.75%
Nepal 128 3.62 53.26%
Paraguay 129 3.55 105.91%
Guyana 130 3.49 32.07%
Colombia 131 3.48 6.96%
Ecuador 132 3.46 25.31%
Suriname 133 3.40 37.71%
Namibia 134 3.39 29.73%
Rwanda 135 3.34 26.79%
Cabo Verde 136 3.31 2.04%
Guatemala 137 3.22 2.87%
Uganda 138 3.22 34.66%
Ghana 139 3.20 11.05%
Zambia 140 3.13 54.10%
Azerbaijan 141 3.10 23.25%
Burundi 142 3.03 18.04%
Haiti 143 2.94 21.81%
El Salvador 144 2.93 5.43%
Seychelles 145 2.93 70.71%
Laos 146 2.92 -31.92%
Peru 147 2.86 -13.60%
Honduras 148 2.84 1.30%
Argentina 149 2.83 -10.95%
Zimbabwe 150 2.73 -4.46%
Bangladesh 151 2.72 37.86%
China 152 2.69 13.09%
Comoros 153 2.54 Sample too small
Nicaragua 154 2.54 -3.66%
Kyrgyzstan 155 2.50 63.86%
Papua New Guinea 156 2.47 28.64%
Tanzania 157 2.34 19.77%
French Guiana 158 2.26 -4.62%
Senegal 159 2.25 61.06%
Mozambique 160 2.16 22.68%
Liberia 161 2.11 31.21%
Mongolia 162 2.10 33.90%
Togo 163 1.96 53.77%
Sudan 164 1.93 24.20%
Botswana 165 1.92 27.53%
Libya 166 1.88 31.85%
Lebanon 167 1.84 14.54%
Ivory Coast 168 1.83 7.99%
Palestine 169 1.83 4.47%
Maldives 170 1.81 -8.37%
Bolivia 171 1.73 -8.52%
Cuba 172 1.66 -71.53%
Egypt 173 1.62 21.51%
Malawi 174 1.59 35.77%
Mali 175 1.56 64.83%
Nigeria 176 1.56 -16.23%
French Polynesia 177 1.51 6.37%
eSwatini (Formerly Swaziland) 178 1.45 15.39%
Pakistan 179 1.44 9.13%
Iraq 180 1.39 15.05%
Uzbekistan 181 1.37 33.80%
Algeria 182 1.37 9.62%
Venezuela 183 1.37 9.87%
Afghanistan 184 1.26 10.10%
Gabon 185 1.26 11.26%
Guinea 186 1.25 92.01%
Angola 187 1.21 -18.57%
Gambia 188 1.21 -16.84%
Sierra Leone 189 1.20 -25.36%
Democratic Republic of the Congo 190 1.10 27.47%
Mayotte 191 1.09 12.24%
Tajikistan 192 1.05 11.15%
Cameroon 193 1.03 -20.51%
Burkina Faso 194 1.02 21.92%
Syria 195 0.95 17.00%
Benin 196 0.94 -23.40%
Republic of the Congo 197 0.93 9.07%
Djibouti 198 0.88 -4.49%
São Tomé and Príncipe 199 0.87 -23.25%
Somalia 200 0.86 42.44%
Ethiopia 201 0.80 -28.73%
Niger 202 0.71 -14.67%
Turkmenistan 203 0.70 26.01%
Mauritania 204 0.59 -16.15%
Equatorial Guinea 205 0.51 Sample too small
Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste 206 0.45 -8.62%
Yemen 207 0.38 22.79%

Leave a Comment
5 Responses
  1. Avatar Andrew

    Yet again, another piece of research based on the speeds people are taking rather than what’s available to them. These reports are so misleading but are guaranteed coverage, so nothing ever changes.

  2. Avatar GNewton

    Why doesn’t it include a list of upload speeds?

    • Not sure. Assume they tracked that too but the source data is only for downloads.

    • Avatar Gary HILTON

      Likely because its a niche interest figure. I don’t claim to have evidence but generally I assume most internet users don’t even notice Upload speeds unless posting pics on facebook or whatever is slow.

  3. Avatar AnotherTim

    I guess if I want a faster connection than I can currently get I need to move to Moldova…

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