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UK slips below Madagascar and Bulgaria in Global Broadband Speed League

Survey results revealed by UK’s famous broadband, TV and cable company Cable.co.uk show that the country has slipped way below countries like Madagascar (22nd place) and Bulgaria in the annual league table of international broadband speeds. Going down from its previous 31st place, the country now stands at the 35th position. The survey results were derived from data collected from more than 163 broadband speed tests conducted in 200 countries. The data was collected for the second time in a row in a year by M-lab and was compiled by Cable.

The key findings of the survey that can be viewed here indicated that the UK stands behind 25 other European countries including Japan and US. Even though, Britain is ahead of 165 other countries globally, it is still 34 positions down with an average download speed of 18.57Mbps. The average broadboand speeds of different countries can be viewed on an interactive map available here.

According to the analysis, even though UK’s position has gone down overall, its average download speed has still risen from 16.51Mbps as promised by the government. In spite of this rise in the download speed, it is still expected that the country will continue to fall behind other countries in broadband speed in the next few years. Cable’s analyst Dan Howdle mentioned, “A number of other countries have leapfrogged us since last year, including France and Madagascar. Compared to many other countries both in and out of Europe, the UK has simply come too late to a full fibre solution. Despite plans to roll out FTTP [fibre to the premises] to UK homes across the next decade or so, the UK is likely to fall further behind while we wait.”

The best position in broadband speeds was bagged by Singapore with an average speed of 60.39Mbps. The other top ten countries include Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Romania, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Hungary and Jersey.

At the very end of the broadband speeds’ list are Yemen (standing at 200th). Approximately 136 countries could not achieve the average speed of 10Mbps which is the minimum required speed considered by Ofcom to manage the internet needs of a typical family or a small enterprise.

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