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Opensignal Compare European and UK Fixed Broadband Speeds UPDATE

Saturday, Oct 14th, 2023 (12:01 am) - Score 2,248
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Network benchmarking firm Opensignal has published a new study of fixed broadband speeds across 28 European countries, which reveals that the United Kingdom performs poorly against its peers – placing mid-table for downloads and toward the bottom for uploads.

The following results are based on crowdsourced data collected from consumer speedtests and are thus only good for observing general market change over time, which means they shouldn’t necessarily be taken as a reflection of either network capability or network availability. But the same caveats apply to all of the countries tested, and thus this sort of data still offers some useful insights.

NOTE: The results reflect data gathered between 1st April and 27th September 2023.

Overall, France and Spain stand out with the best observed broadband speeds, scoring average (median) downloads of 121Mbps (Megabits per second) and 114.4Mbps, respectively. By comparison, the UK sits firmly mid-table on a score of 66.1Mbps, while Greece came last with just 36.5Mbps.

In terms of uploads, Spain topped the table with an average of 91.4Mbps, and they were followed by France on 88.5Mbps. By comparison, the UK can be found languishing in the bottom 20% of the table with a result of just 20.6Mbps. But spare a thought for the last place entry of Greece, which could only manage a paltry 7.3Mbps.

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The results aren’t all that surprising when you consider that “full fibreFTTP coverage and take-up will be playing a big part in these results, but the UK is currently playing catch-up with most of Europe in this respect. You can get more context for this by examining the EU’s latest broadband progress report (here) and the FTTH Council’s annual ranking (here). The good news is that the UK is rapidly catching up, but it will take time.

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

UPDATE 16th October 2023

Opensignal has informed us that the study is based on fixed broadband connectivity, and they’ll shortly be uploading some additional methodology to confirm that.

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9 Responses
  1. Avatar photo Troys5g says:

    Most people I know and myself don’t even use Opensignal to test speeds because of it not being accurate . So i’d not read to much in to this .

    1. Avatar photo Declan M says:

      Just downloaded it to check it out got to be the worst app I’ve used for speed testing trying to say the broadband at my old mans is running at 20meg when it’s constantly at 110mbps laughable. Downloaded also to see coverage maps for mobile networks in my area yet again laughable.

  2. Avatar photo hammy says:

    This must be fixed broadband, no mobile network is getting average upload speeds of 90+mbps in countries like Spain or France, but both of those countries have great fibre coverage. Also countries like Netherlands and Switzerland would far out perform France and Spain if it was for mobile network performance.

    1. Avatar photo Lucian says:

      Agreed

  3. Avatar photo Eddie says:

    I get almost gigabit almost everywhere in Cyprus on 5g so I call this bull

  4. Avatar photo 10BaseT says:

    I found Opensignal the most inaccurate for both network coverage and speed testing.

  5. Avatar photo Christian says:

    Hello,

    In Romania 5G+ on Orange mobile can go up 1.7GB in some areas but it’s not spread out because almost anyone in the country rich or poor, they have fiber to the router in the house 1gb up and down for 8.5£ a month.. so 5G it’s a bit useless.

  6. Avatar photo Ad47uk says:

    Never heard of them until now and looking at their site all they offer is mobile speed testing and testing speeds via Wi-Fi is a waste of time most of the time.

  7. Avatar photo Suffolk says:

    OpenSignal indicates ridiculous speeds on my phone

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