2022 vs 2021 – UK Broadband and Mobile Speeds vs the World

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Once again, we’re ending this year by taking a look back to see how the United Kingdom’s position, at least in terms of the top 50 fastest countries for both fixed broadband ISP and mobile (4G, 5G) data speeds, has changed since 2021. The UK fell from 35th to 44th for mobile and from 50th to 56th for fixed lines.

The report below was created by tracking the publicly available data released by Ookla, which runs the most popular Speedtest.net service for benchmarking internet connections around the world. In our experience, the company’s performance data has tended to weigh more towards the optimistic side, but for the purpose of this article that isn’t such a concern because it applies equally to every country in the table.

The main differentiator for speeds between countries tends to stem from the balance between network availability and the take-up of faster connection types. For example, countries with a high availability of gigabit-capable broadband networks (FTTP, DOCSIS 3.1 – 4.0 etc.) or strong 5G mobile availability (with plenty of radio spectrum to harness) will usually rank highest in the table.

In terms of the UK, we’ve seen a strong and continuous improvement in the availability of both faster fixed and mobile networks. For example, Ofcom recently revealed (here) that 1Gbps capable fixed broadband networks had reached 70% (up from 47% last year), which falls to 42% when only looking at full fiber / FTTP lines (up from 28%). Similarly, both EE and Three UK have extended 5G to reach more than 50% of the population, with other operators expected to follow in 2023.

Top 50 Fastest Countries for Broadband in 2022

Overall we can see from the data below that fixed and mobile broadband speeds have continued to improve across the world but, despite big improvements in UK full fiber and 5G coverage, other countries still seem able to improve their real-world speeds at a faster pace . Part of this may be because the domestic UK take-up of full fiber and gigabit broadband lines is still in the early phase of growth (take-up often lags behind new network construction and takes time to grow). We’ve summarized some of the key changes below.

Performance Categories 2022 2021
UK Country Rank (Median) for Fixed Line 56th 50th
UK Country Rank (Median) for Mobile 44th 35th
Median Global Latency – Fixed Line 10ms 10ms
Median Global Latency – Mobile 28 ms 29 ms
Median Global Upload – Fixed Line 31.16Mbps 23.56Mbps
Median Global Upload – Mobile 9.05Mbps 8.38Mbps
Median Global Download – Fixed Line 72.40Mbps 56.09Mbps
Median Global Download – Mobile 33.43Mbps 28.61Mbps
Median UK Latency – Fixed Line 14 ms 15 ms
Median UK Latency – Mobile 36 ms 35 ms
Median UK Upload – Fixed Line 18.55Mbps 16.74Mbps
Median UK Upload – Mobile 7.33Mbps 8.10Mbps
Median UK Download – Fixed 69.76Mbps 56.70Mbps
Median UK Download – Mobile 45.57Mbps 44.49Mbps

Otherwise, the following tables show how the countries compare, using only download speed as the key measure, across the top 50 countries. Unfortunately, Ookla doesn’t make it easy to do the same table for uploads or latency.

NOTE: Data gathered at the same time in late November each year – using a “median” average.

Fastest 50 Countries for Fixed Broadband Speed ​​(DL)

Country (2022) Mbps Country (2021) Mbps
1 Singapore 219.57 Singapore 188.11
2 Chile 219.34 Thailand 173.44
3 China 203.5 Hong Kong (SAR) 170.48
4 Hong Kong (SAR) 198.24 Chile 163.49
5 Thailand 196.46 Denmark 146.64
6 United States 182.63 United States 131.16
7 Denmark 174.67 Monaco 130.73
8 United Arab Emirates 166.53 China 129.45
9 Japan 165.53 Romania 122.3
10 Macau (SAR) 159.8 Macau (SAR) 119.24
11 Spain 157.31 Spain 118.25
12 Romania 155.07 Switzerland 108.97
13 Switzerland 143.46 Andorra 102.19
14 Monaco 142.03 Norway 102.09
15 France 139.73 United Arab Emirates 101.76
16 New Zealand 134.19 South Korea 98.67
17 Canada 127.54 Liechtenstein 98.03
18 Hungary 119.36 Moldova 97.37
19 Taiwan 119.03 Sweden 96.8
20 Liechtenstein 118.07 Hungary 95.18
21 Netherlands 117.74 Netherlands 94.77
22 Portugal 116.57 Canada 93.89
23 Andorra 115.39 Portugal 93.59
24 Panama 110.96 New Zealand 92.05
25 Kuwait 110.07 Luxembourg 91.77
26 Norway 106.3 Japan 91.25
27 Moldova 105.22 Panama 91.24
28 Sweden 105.01 France 90.41
29 South Korea 99.87 Taiwan 89.49
30 Uruguay 97.48 Kuwait 85.92
31 Brazil 95.95 Finland 84.09
32 Poland 95.59 Poland 83.97
33 Israel 95.54 Malta 83.58
34 Luxembourg 93.95 Israel 83.57
35 Finland 93.79 Lithuania 80.76
36 Malta 92.27 Saudi Arabia 79.39
37 Lithuania 91.5 Brazil 78.16
38 Malaysia 90.24 Belgium 76.55
39 Saint Lucia 87.67 Trinidad and Tobago 73.07
40 train 87.33 Malaysia 72.97
41 Colombia 87.24 Barbados 70.74
42 Belgium 85.31 Germany 64.94
43 Saudi Arabia 85.1 Vietnam 64.67
44 Trinidad and Tobago 82.94 Ireland 64.11
45 Barbados 81.92 Russia 61.7
46 Dominica 79.83 San Marino 61.52
47 Vietnam 78.87 Slovenia 61.23
48 Slovenia 78.81 train 60.73
49 Germany 77.34 Latvia 57.85
50 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 76.86 United Kingdom 56.7

Fastest 50 Countries for Mobile Speed ​​(DL)

Country (2022) Mbps Country (2021) Mbps
1 United Arab Emirates 138.82 United Arab Emirates 130.19
2 Norway 129.81 Norway 107.5
3 train 126.03 South Korea 98.93
4 South Korea 125.17 train 92.83
5 China 113.5 Netherlands 91.66
6 Netherlands 109.45 Saudi Arabia 87.66
7 Denmark 109.29 Bulgaria 83.71
8 Bulgaria 106.88 Cyprus 81.41
9 Kuwait 102.73 Switzerland 80.45
10 Saudi Arabia 97.81 Australia 79.24
11 Brunei 97.37 China 78.61
12 Australia 87.76 Kuwait 77.06
13 Luxembourg 83.14 Croatia 76.92
14 Switzerland 82.91 Denmark 75.84
15 Bahrain 82.67 Luxembourg 72.85
16 Sweden 82.1 Canada 70.33
17 Finland 76.27 Singapore 68.32
18 Canada 74.77 Brunei 62.3
19 Croatia 74.35 Finland 58.68
20 Singapore 74.19 Sweden 58.26
21 Macau (SAR) 73.67 United States 53.2
22 North Macedonia 73.62 Estonia 53.12
23 United States 72.34 France 52.7
24 Lithuania 67.1 Germany 51.81
25 Cyprus 66.33 Taiwan 51.67
26 Taiwan 65.93 Austria 51.17
27 New Zealand 63.15 Greece 48.88
28 Portugal 62.19 North Macedonia 48.76
29 Austria 61.25 Belgium 48.54
30 Hong Kong (SAR) 61.12 Maldives 48.46
31 Maldives 61.09 Lithuania 48.24
32 Greece 60.57 Oman 46.54
33 France 60.54 Slovenia 44.56
34 Belgium 59.68 Bahrain 44.52
35 Estonia 58.59 United Kingdom 44.49
36 Montenegro 57.36 Albania 44.12
37 Germany 57.27 Hong Kong (SAR) 43.88
38 Slovenia 54.3 New Zealand 43.44
39 Malta 50.68 Serbia 42.78
40 Oman 50.03 Macau (SAR) 42.57
41 Serbia 47.78 Malta 41.76
42 Suriname 46.09 Czechia 41.32
43 Latvia 45.99 Japan 40.51
44 United Kingdom 45.57 Poland 39.52
45 Slovakia 43.95 Portugal 39.1
46 Iran 42.95 Hungary 36.67
47 Japan 42.93 Iraq 36.56
48 Czechia 42.24 Montenegro 36.21
49 Hungary 42.11 Vietnam 35.33
50 Romania 40.62 Italy 35.31


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