The UK has plummeted down the worldwide broadband pace rankings to fee as one of many slowest nations in Europe, with a typical family taking greater than twice as lengthy to obtain a film than the common dwelling in western Europe.
Britain has dropped 13 locations in an annual study rating the common broadband speeds of 221 nations and territories, inserting it 47th quickest on the earth. Final 12 months, the UK ranked 34th for common broadband pace.
The report, primarily based on 577m broadband pace checks worldwide, now ranks the UK’s common broadband pace because the eighth slowest in western Europe. Customers in 21 nations, together with main economies similar to Spain, Germany and France, take pleasure in quicker speeds.
For customers meaning digital duties similar to downloading a movie to observe take considerably longer, with the common broadband pace within the UK lower than half that of the western European common. Within the UK it takes on common 18 minutes to obtain a 5GB film to observe, in Spain it takes simply 12 minutes, Sweden eight minutes and Switzerland six minutes.
The UK’s historical past as a world laggard in rolling out next-generation full-fibre broadband, which can present web speeds to future-proof the nation’s properties and companies, is proving pricey. According to Ofcom, simply over 10% of UK households have entry to it, in contrast with above 80% in lots of developed nations.
“The UK is relatively late in its rollout of pure fibre networks, which is inflicting it to stagnate whereas different nations achieve floor,” stated Dan Howdle, client telecoms analyst at Cable.co.uk, which publishes the annual report.
Most of the nations and territories which have leapfrogged the UK this 12 months have comparatively small populations, similar to Malta, Puerto Rico and Romania, and might roll out networks far more quickly.
“It’s clearly simpler to improve a rustic or territory to full-fibre the smaller it occurs to be,” Howdle stated. “Nevertheless, the UK nonetheless finds itself a great distance behind many countries of equal or larger measurement.”
Addressing the UK’s laggard standing was certainly one of Boris Johnson’s first priorities when he was elected prime minister. He needs a whole “gigabit pace” UK community, a mixture of full-fibre and different super-fast know-how utilized in Virgin Media’s cable and broadband community, by 2025 and has pledged a £5bn fund to help providers reaching the most remote parts of the UK.
This text was amended on 2 September 2020 to make clear that inhabitants measurement was being referred to when describing Romania as a smaller nation than the UK. An earlier model additionally prompt Puerto Rico was a rustic, fairly than a territory. This has been corrected.