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UK falls to 47th in the world for in­ter­net speed

- United Kingdom

BRI­TAIN’S woe­ful broad­band ser­vice dur­ing the coro­n­avirus lock­down means the na­tion has been over­taken in the global speed league.

The UK falls way be­hind coun­tries like Licht­en­stein, An­dorra, Hun­gary, the Baltic states, the Caribbean is­lands and Spain, which has more than dou­ble the land mass to cover.

The av­er­age down­load speed in the UK is put at a snail’s pace 37.82 megabits per second. Although it is an im­prove­ment on 22.37Mbps in 2019, other coun­tries have achieved much big­ger in­creases and Bri­tain has now dropped from 34th to 47th in the world.

It fol­lows a lack of in­vest­ment in the UK’s an­ti­quated in­fra­struc­ture as mil­lions get in­ter­net ac­cess down cop­per wires built for the tele­phone net­work more than 100 years ago. BT sub­sidiary Open­reach is largely re­spon­si­ble for re­plac­ing this sys­tem with the fi­bre ca­ble net­work needed for world-beat­ing speeds.

The league is based on an anal­y­sis of over 557mil­lion broad­band speed tests world­wide for Ca­ble.co.uk.

Cather­ine Col­loms, of Open­reach, said: ‘We’re in­vest­ing £12bil­lion in the next big build and tak­ing ul­tra-fast, ul­tra-re­li­able full fi­bre broad­band to 20mil­lion premises by the mid-to-late 2020s.’

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