AS MILLIONS of us stayed at home during the lockdown, broadband speeds have never been more important. However, the latest stats reveal just how far the UK lags behind the rest of the world when it comes to fast downloads.
The latest update from SpeedTest.net reveals how badly Britain performs when compared to other countries. In fact, according to the latest March 2020 results, the UK is currently 44th when it comes to fixed-line speeds – with an average of just 66.99Mbps. That’s well behind Singapore (197Mbps), Hong Kong (168Mbps), Romania (151Mbps) and Thailand (149Mbps).Even more embarrassing is the fact that Britain is comprehensively beaten by countries like Latvia (99Mbps), Slovakia (73Mbps) and Slovenia (69Mbps). The difference between the best speeds in Singapore and the UK become apparent when you see how long it takes to download a blockbuster movie on your home Wi-Fi connection in each country. Those in Singapore will get a film beamed onto their TV in two minutes – compared to eight minutes in the UK.Of course, Britain’s broadband is getting a little better with around four million extra homes and businesses expected to gain access to fast fibre by March 2021.“Our full-fibre build programme is going great guns, having passed over two million premises already on the way to our four million target by March 2021,” said Openreach chief executive Clive Selley.Although the latest speed league won’t impress many UK users there is some good news about the progress of our connections. According to a report from comparethemarket.com, it appears a number of areas across Britain have seen a rapid boost to internet speeds over the past year with some homes now able to download files at a much quicker pace.