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Oscar Williams

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UK broadband lags behind most of Europe, researchers find

The UK falls behind most of Europe in the latest global ranking of broadband speeds.

With an average of 16.5Mbps, Britain ranks lower than 19 European countries.

Singapore takes the crown with 55.1Mbps, while Yemen comes in at last place with 0.34Mbps.

In Singapore, you’d be able to download a 7.5GB HD movie in under 19 minutes. In Yemen, it would take two days.

Dan Howdle, consumer telecoms analyst at Cable.co.uk, the comparison site behind the research, said: “Relatively speaking, we are near the top of the table. However, many of those ahead of us – some a long way ahead – are our neighbours both in the EU and wider Europe.”

The firm analysed more than 63 million speed tests to draw up the ranking of 189 countries.

Parliamentary research published last month claimed that as many as 6.7 million British premises receive sub-10Mb speeds.

The Broadband 2.0 report called on Ofcom to force firms to pay compensation to customers with slow connections. But it also acknowledged that it’s not clear how many customers are offered faster connections and choose not to pay for them.

Grant Shapps, the author of the report, wrote: “The data fails to distinguish between the take-up and availability of superfast broadband.”

After the report was published, Openreach – the owner of the UK’s broadband network – presented its plan to government to make high-speed broadband available to rest of the country.

It has pledged to spend £600m to ensure 1.4m rural homes have access to 10Mb connections by 2020.