A study by the European Commission into fixed broadband performance across EU member states has confirmed that broadband consumers in Europe are getting an average of 74% of the advertised headline ('up to') speeds on their broadband connections. The study did however note that this varied across technologies. DSL broadband services (using telephone lines) achieved only 63.3% of the headline speeds, where as cables sees 91.4% and fibre (FTTx) 84.4%.
These variations are expected across different technologies and the UK have implemented rules to help avoid this by requiring broadband providers to provide a speed estimate based on the actual broadband line that will be used.
"This is the first time the difference between advertised and actual broadband speeds is confirmed by comparable and reliable data from all EU Member States.
Consumers need more of this sort of data to help make informed choices, so we will repeat the exercise. And we take these first results as further proof of the need for a real connected single market."Neelie Kroes, (Vice President) European Commission
The average speed recorded across all countries was 19.47 Mbps during peak hours. Different technologies are used in different areas. FTTx recorded the fastest speed sat 41.02 Mbps, Cable 33.10 Mbps and xDSL recorded only 7.2 Mbps. Unfortunately, the study is hardly extensive with only 9,104 participants across the 27 countries (averaging at 337 per country) and only really confirms the laws of physics related to DSL-based technologies as well as effects of network congestion at peak times.