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How does UK Internet Speed compare to the rest of the World?

Fast internet speeds are vital for a strong economy, enabling people to do work, do business and socialise online. But which countries are leading the way for their speedy internet connections? WebsiteToolTester has analysed a series of metrics including mean download speed, time taken to download a movie and percentage change, to reveal which countries are leading the way with internet provisions – and you can view the full findings here.

The global leader with the fastest internet speed was Taiwan which experienced a 200% increase in internet speeds between 2018 and 2019. With a download speed of 85Mbps, it would take you only 8.2 seconds to download a movie, in comparison to the slowest country Yemen, where it would take just over 30 minutes.

Taiwan’s internet speeds have improved over recent years however this growth was essential for the country. With the tech industry contributing 18% of the country’s GDP, and electronic manufacturing companies making up the bulk of the sector, tech infrastructure is critical and the Taiwanese government recognise this, with heavy investment in the country’s digital infrastructure. Cross-border online shopping trade is continuing to grow strongly in Taiwan, with huge steps being taken to develop a digital economy that encompasses digital media and e-services. Fast internet speeds in the country are central to achieving this.  Interestingly enough, the country that has seen the biggest increase in internet speeds over the past two years is Réunion with a 933% increase, moving from 0.97Mbps to 10.02Mbps from 2017-2019 – although this is still slow by comparison to the global leaders.

The good news is that it’s not only  far flung places able to access lightning fast internet speeds.  18 of the top 25 countries with the fastest internet speeds are in Europe – and Jersey takes the crown for the fastest internet speeds in Europe, offering an average speed of 67.46Mbps.  This is likely due to the completion of the rollout of a full fibre network in 2018, to 40,000 homes and premises in Jersey – only the second jurisdiction in the world to have completed this.

In comparison, the UK predominantly relies on fibre to the cabinet resulting in slower internet speeds. Here, fast fibre optic cables are used between the exchange and your nearest street cabinet, but copper cables are used to complete the connection from the cabinet to your home. Your distance from that cabinet will affect your speeds – people living at the opposite ends of the same street could get vastly different speeds as a result.

Robert Brandl, CEO of WebsiteToolTester comments:

“There’s very little more frustrating than slow internet speeds, especially when it prevents you from working or when you’re trying to connect with colleagues, friends or family.”

“When setting up a website and running a business, a fast internet speed is essential- so it’s interesting to see business hubs such as Taiwan and Singapore, mixed in with smaller countries such as Jersey in the top countries leading the way for fast internet speeds.”

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