Great Britain has fallen in the broadband world rankings and is one of the slowest countries in Europe. It took an average household more than twice as long to download a film than the average Western European household.
The UK has lost 13 places in the annual poll, with the average broadband speed of 221 countries and territories ranked 47th in the world. Last year, the UK was ranked 34th for average broadband speed.
The report, based on testing broadband speeds of up to 577 meters worldwide, rated the UK’s average broadband speed as the eighth slowest in Western Europe. Consumers in 21 countries, including large economies such as Spain, Germany and France, are generating sales faster.
For consumers, this means that digital tasks such as downloading a film to watch will take significantly longer, with average broadband speeds in the UK less than half the average for Western Europe. Downloading a 5GB movie takes an average of 18 minutes in the UK, 12 minutes in Spain, eight minutes in Sweden and six minutes in Switzerland.
Britain’s history as a global inaction in adopting the next generation of broadband networks delivering Internet speeds to homes and businesses of the future in the country has proven costly. According to Ofcom, more than 10% of UK households have access to it, compared to more than 80% in many developed countries.
“The UK is delaying the rollout of a cleaner fiber network which is causing stagnation while other countries are starting to develop,” said Dan Howdell, consumer telecommunications analyst at Cable.co.uk, which publishes the annual report.
Many of the countries that the UK crossed this year were small, such as Malta, Puerto Rico and Romania, which could use the faster network.
“Obviously, the smaller it is, the easier it is to move a country or region to full fiber,” said Howdell. “However, the UK still lags way behind many countries of the same size or larger.”
When he was elected Prime Minister, one of Boris Johnson’s first priorities was dealing with Britain’s sluggish status. He wants the full UK gigabit network, a combination of fiber optic and other blazing fast technologies that will be deployed on Virgin Media’s cable and broadband networks by 2025 and has pledged £ 5 billion to support the service. Reaching the most remote parts of the UK.
Boris Johnson is calling for the UK’s gigabit network to be built by 2025