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How Do UK Broadband Speeds Compare to Other Nations?

Ross Kelly


UK Broadband Speeds network

Broadband speeds in the UK continue to lag behind many elsewhere in Europe. How do your broadband speeds match up?

UK broadband speeds are among the slowest in Europe, according to figures published in the 2020 Worldwide Broadband Speed League.

The annual rankings, compiled by and based on 557 million broadband speed tests, show that Britain has fallen 13 places down the league to 47th globally.

At 37.82Mbps, the UK’s average broadband speed also places it 22nd out of 29 states in Western Europe. Globally, countries ranked higher than the UK include Hungary, Barbados, Latvia, Estonia and Hong Kong.

According to the 2020 table, Western European countries dominate the global rankings, with eight of the world’s top ten fastest countries for broadband. Liechtenstein offers the fastest broadband speeds globally with an average speed of 228.98Mbps.

Based on these statistics, downloading an HD movie file of 5GB in size would take just two minutes and 58 seconds.

However, average UK broadband speeds mean consumers have to wait 18 minutes to download an HD movie while consumers in Germany wait 16 minutes. In Poland and Sweden, broadband users can be expected to wait around 12 minutes and eight minutes respectively.

To compare the UK’s broadband speeds with other nations, the 2020 speed league can be viewed on the interactive map below.

Dan Howdle, consumer telecoms analyst at, said the research highlights the ever-increasing global digital divide.

“While global broadband speeds continue to trend upward, the truth is faster countries are the ones lifting the average, pulling away at speed and leaving the slowest to stagnate,” he said.

“Last year, we measured the slowest five countries at 125 times slower than the five fastest. This year they are 276 times slower. The slowest countries are not slowing, they are simply not growing,” Howdle added.


European domination of the 2020 leaderboard is largely due to high-quality infrastructure, Howdle noted. In particular, countries ranked high on the leaderboard generally tend to place a strong focus on FTTP network infrastructure.

Conversely, nations stagnating on the rankings still tend to rely on FTTC and ADSL solutions.

Ross Kelly

Staff Writer

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