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UK slips to 35th place in World Broadband Speed League

With average speeds of 18.57Mbps, the United Kingdom is behind 25 other European countries and among the bottom third in the European Union. The same file would take the average Singaporean connection just over 11 minutes to download.

We've known for a while that the United Kingdom has far from the best broadband speeds in the world, but it seems like what little traction we had in the league tables is slipping. 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. Unsurprisingly, Singapore is still in the lead with a 60Mbps average speed.

Ireland remains static in 36th place in the global broadband league tables, behind 26 other European countries. Meanwhile Macao dropped behind, leaving the United Kingdom four spots down since past year. "Seeing the United Kingdom falling even further behind other European Union countries for broadband speed is depressing but not surprising, given the UK's lack of investment in fibre to the premises and other nations' new networks increasingly coming online", he persisted. The most impressive member states were Denmark, Sweden and Romania, while Cyprus came in 28th place.

36 of the top 50 fastest-performing countries are located in Europe, with nine in Asia & Pacific, two in North America, two in South/Latin America and just one in Africa.

For the latest speed results on an interactive map you can head on over to this page, or alternatively check through the rankings and speeds data in an excel spreadsheet hosted on Google Docs and which provides a more detailed year by year comparison.

The country with the worst internet is Yemen, which is 195 times slower than the internet in Singapore with speeds at 0.31Mbps.

The data was collected by M-Lab, a partnership between Google Open Source Research and Princeton University's PlantLab, and the results compiled by United Kingdom broadband comparison site Cable.

Openreach is still owned by BT but in November 2016 was ordered by regulator Ofcom to become a legally separate company, in part because of its slowness to deploy super-fast broadband.

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