Madagascar offers faster average broadband speeds than the UK

Donna Miller
July 11, 2018

Britain's place in global broadband speed rankings has slipped four places to 35th, according to a survey. The average broadband speed in Yemen was just 0.31Mbps.

The UK's average speed was slower than 25 European countries, of which 20 were EU members. Well it's all thanks to the fact average global broadband speed rose by 9.10Mbps in the 12 months up to 29th May, following a 7.4Mbps increase in the preceding 12 months.

The data for the league table was compiled by using speed test data collected from 200 countries.

Dan Howdle, a consumer telecoms analyst at, the firm which crunched the numbers, said in a canned quote: "Compared to many other countries both in and out of Europe the United Kingdom has simply come too late to a full fibre (FTTP) solution".

"However, a closer look reveals the acceleration is concentrated towards the top end: the faster countries are improving more quickly, with those towards the bottom end of the table verging on stagnation".

Our lower relative increase meant that several countries - Andorra, France, Luxembourg, Madagascar and Poland - leapfrogged the United Kingdom in the rankings. Compared to many other countries both in and out of Europe the United Kingdom has simply come too late to a full fibre (FTTP) solution. "Despite plans to roll out FTTP [fibre to the premises] to United Kingdom homes across the next decade or so, the United Kingdom is likely to fall further behind while we wait". Copper is dead: "it is time for the United Kingdom to embrace full fibre - no ifs, no buts".

Full-fibre - known as FTTP (fibre to the premises) - has previously been rejected as too costly for large-scale rollouts by United Kingdom infrastructure provider Openreach. It has been accused of not rolling out fibre broadband almost aggressively enough.

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Rivals to Openreach are rolling out faster services in cities around the UK.

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It acknowledged there was "more to do".

While the speeds in the United Kingdom were not the best, there were other measurements - such as availability and speed - where the United Kingdom would fare better, said Matthew Howett, principal analyst at research company Assembly.

"Some countries are also of course easier to roll out broadband in". Britain is falling behind, and we need to keep up with the rest of Europe.

"Once those deployments ramp up, they would be reflected in similar league tables".

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