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UK in the slow lane for fast broadband

UK BROADBAND speeds lag behind our European neighbours, a study found.

The average British download speed is 16.51mbps. In contrast, Denmark, the Netherlands and Latvia all get speeds above 30mbps, defined as superfast by watchdog Ofcom.

Romania, Slovenia and Bulgaria also enjoy faster speeds than Britain, where the average is nearly three times slower than Singapore, which tops the global list with 55.13mbps.

The UK came 31st out of 158 countries in the ranking, compiled by France, Italy and Australia typically had slower speeds. In last place was Yemen, where it would take two days to download a high-definition film at 0.34mbps.

Dan Howdle, of, said: ‘Relatively speaking, we are near the top of the table. However, many of those ahead of us are our neighbours.’

The findings are based on more than 63million speed tests by M-Lab. Ofcom, which used different data, said the average 2016 UK download speed was 36.2mps.

Top five for speed

1. Singapore 2. Sweden 3. Taiwan 4. Denmark 5. Netherlands