Ireland fails to make progress in global broadband rankings

UK slips to 35th place in World Broadband Speed League

The data was collected by M-Lab, a partnership between Google Open Source Research and Princeton University's PlantLab, and the results compiled by United Kingdom broadband comparison site Cable.

In Britain, our average is just 18.57Mbps which means downloading a full HD movie would take around 36 minutes - over three times as long as those living in Singapore.

The UK has slipped to 35th place in an annual league table of global broadband speeds, putting it in the bottom third of European Union countries and below the likes of Madagascar and Bulgaria.

Earlier this year the United Kingdom government declared it had delivered on its promise to extend "superfast" broadband to 95% of homes - but the company that compiled the data claimed Britain was likely to fall further behind other countries over the coming years.

"A number of other countries have leapfrogged us since previous year, including France and Madagascar", he said. The results were compiled by United Kingdom broadband comparison site Cable. In the United Kingdom, it takes 36 minutes and 46 seconds to download a 5GB HD movie.

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The mean speed has dramatically improved for Madagascar which was at 3.49Mbps in 2017 and now comes in at 24.87Mbps. It has moved up 14 places in the rankings to 23rd. The latest overall average was 9.1Mbps versus 7.4Mbps in the previous year - an increase of 23%.

The annual broadband league table from communications analyst group Cable tests internet speeds across 200 countries, taking an average of fastest and slowest. The average broadband speed in Yemen was just 0.31Mbps. However, this is mainly happening in cities and towns. It has been accused of not rolling out fibre broadband almost aggressively enough. We were six places above France past year, and now we're 12 places below.

The departure of both Siro and Eir from the procurement process in recent months, leaving just the Enet-SSE consortium in the race, was hardly inspiring and we wait with bated breath for contracts to be signed in the autumn.

If the NBP finally begins - six years after it was first unveiled - it will be interesting to see how Ireland looks in the global rankings two years from now.

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