Global average broadband speed is rising
M-Lab has tracked broadband speed measurements in 200 countries (189 countries last year) over the past 12 months, which allows us to understand the average speed of global broadband. The good news is that the global average speed is rise rapidly.
Singapore took the lead in 2017 and 2018, with an average download speed from 55Mbps to 60Mbps. Sweden's second average speed is 46 Mbps, Denmark is third, and its average download speed has increased by 10 Mbps, from 33 Mbps to 43 Mbps. Norway ranked fourth with an average speed of 40.12 Mbps.
Unfortunately, China fell to 141th (last year was still 134), downloading speed was only 2.38Mbps, while the slowest countries such as Syria and Somalia were below 1Mbps.
The gap between developed and backward countries is widening
The global average grew by 23% year-on-year, but another data is surprising. The top 100 countries in the rankings grew by an average of 5.43 Mbps, while the last 100 only increased by 0.41 Mbps.
However, if you consider the percentage increase, this data can still be said. The average broadband speed in the top 100 countries increased by 29.04%. The average broadband speed in the 100 countries at the bottom of the ranking increased by 24.22%.
Of course, if you choose the top 25 and the bottom 25, the average speed of the top 25 is increased by 28.88%, while the last 25 is only increased by 7.40%. Another statistical method shows that the top 25 countries accounted for 45.30% of the total growth, while the total growth rate of the last 25 countries was almost negligible 0.19%.
Cable TV consumer telecom analyst Dan Howdle said, “The average broadband speed has increased by 23% in just one year, so it can be seen that global broadband construction is showing a positive trend on a global scale. However, a closer look reveals that Acceleration is concentrated at the highest end, faster countries are improving faster, and those low-end countries are stagnation."
The UK ranking is declining and may fall further
Since the UK has just begun to promote FTTP (Fiber to the Home), there are already many other European countries that are far ahead of the UK in this regard, so the UK may fall even more next year.
The forefront of the table is dominated by Europe, with 36 of the top 50 countries in Europe. Last year's results made the UK ranked 31st in the world. This year, the UK ranked 35th.
Europe, the United States, and the Asia-Pacific region (Singapore, Japan, Taiwan, and Hong Kong) are thriving economic centers that are world leaders in providing fast, reliable broadband, indicating a close relationship between broadband speed and the economy.
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