G7 countries beat UK again in global broadband speed test • The Register

For the second year running, the UK is the second worst in the G7 league of developed nations in broadband speeds, just ahead of Italy, according to a report released today.

Beating the UK’s average download speed of 72.06 Mbps worldwide, Japan ranked ninth overall (with an average of 122.33 Mbps); France (10th with 120.01 Mbit/s); the United States (ranked 11th with 119.01 Mbps); Canada (17th place with 106.80 Mbit/s) and Germany in 33rd place (with an average of 72.95 Mbit/s).

At 72.06 Mbps, it ranks 19th out of 28 states in Western Europe, or 10th slowest, on the UK average. Average speeds in the UK are around 73 per cent of the western European average (99.00Mbps) – an improvement on last year’s results.

comment the worldwide rankingsDan Howdle, Consumer Telecoms Analyst at Cable.co.uk said: “The world’s fastest average speeds are no longer moving away from the rest of the pack as FTTP/fiber only saturation is pushed to its current limits in many of the fastest places.”

Howdle added: “In all cases, countries with a strong focus on pure fiber optic (FTTP) networks are the countries that rank highest, with these countries lagging behind too much in FTTC and ADSL solutions and continuing to slide down year after year. “

This partly explains why the five best-rated countries – Macau (262.74 Mbps), Jersey (256.59 Mbps), Iceland (216.56 Mbps), Liechtenstein (166.22 Mbps ) and Gibraltar (159.90 Mbit/s) – all are either very small or very small islands; It’s much easier to deliver fiber broadband and 5G mobile internet to a smaller group of people and in a smaller geographic area.

Macau was in eighth place last year but has moved up to first place this year due to “increasing customer migration to fiber-only connections”.

In July, Openreach – the UK’s largest broadband provider – announced its full fiber optic rollout [PDF] passed around 8 million premises, which may explain why the UK fell to 35th place 43rd last year.

According to Cable, average broadband speeds around the world have increased yet again. In the past year, speeds have increased by an average of 20 percent to 29.79 Mbit/s. This year, the average is now 34.79 Mbps — a 15 percent increase.

Increases over the next year will depend on fiber optic deployments progressing rapidly. According to recent reports, the price of fiber optic cable has more than doubled in just 16 months due to demand from data center and network providers. This was announced by market researcher Cru Group July that average prices have risen to $6.30 from record lows of $3.70 per fiber kilometer in March 2021, and claims that this could impact deadlines for “significant” projects.

Michael Finch, a cru analyst who spoke to the FT, said there are “questions about whether countries will be able to meet the targets set for infrastructure build-out and whether this could have an impact on global connectivity”. ®

https://www.theregister.com/2022/09/06/broadband_speed_global_rankings/ G7 countries beat UK again in global broadband speed test • The Register

Laura Coffey

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