Today the European Commission published the second report on the fixed broadband performance across the EU Member States and other European countries.
These are the overall results of the study sample and do not refer to the actual composition of the broadband market across each country, i.e. the precise overall outcome for any country would depend on the market shares of different tested technologies and providers in that country. This information was not available to the study consultant. A third study is planned in 2014 and more representative results can be obtained if information on the structure of the national markets is made available by NRAs.
Speeds of broadband products are advertised as "up to XX Mbit/s". This speed is called "advertised", "nominal" or "headline" speed and it is what is seen in the adverts. But there may be significant differences between the advertised speed and the actual speed consumers receive. This is the second measurement of a study on broadband performance that covers all EU Member States as well as Norway & Iceland, using the same approach. The project is being run by broadband performance testing specialist @SamKnows, which has already conducted similar projects in the UK and the US. It is based on a methodology that uses hardware devices and provides the most accurate and independent results of Internet performance regardless of access technology and home installation.
This methodology has also been used by national regulators in the US, the UK, Brazil and Singapore. This study presents the results of measurements taken from 9,467 measurement devices in October 2013. These devices were spread across 30 countries. A total of 7,184,604,603 measurements were taken across 63,666,843 unique tests.
The second report was completed independently of Internet Service Providers (ISPs), however ISPs are invited to participate in third report.
The previous report with figures for 2012 (first year of the project) is available here