Britain shamed over broadband speeds slower than eastern Europe

Romania, Slovenia and Bulgaria have faster broadband than the UK, according to a new analysis that ranks Britain 31st in the world for internet speed. UK web surfers experience an average download speed of 16.51Mbps, meaning it takes around an hour to download a film in high definition. Speeds in Singapore, which tops the ranking, are nearly three times faster.

Bringing up the rear is Yemen with an average download speed of 0.34Mbps, where it would take two days to download the same film. Dan Howdle, consumer telecoms analyst at, said the results showed the UK has lessons to learn from Europe. He said: “These results offer us a fresh perspective on where we sit in the broadband world.

“Relatively speaking, we are near the top of the table.

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“However, many of those ahead of us – some a long way ahead – are our neighbours both in the EU and wider Europe.” France and Italy are among European countries where internet users typically face slower download speeds than in the UK. The findings are based on more than 63 million broadband speed tests which were taken over a year and the results collected by M-Lab.

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