Research from VPS Server analysed mean internet speeds, the percentage of households with access to the internet, the cost for 1Gb of mobile data and the average price for broadband internet. These metrics judge value as well as internet quality.
1 – Iceland
Iceland has a well-developed internet infrastructure and is known for its high internet penetration rate, 98% of households have access to the internet. The country has made significant investments in broadband connectivity, and most Icelanders have access to high-speed internet, which has mean speeds of 216Mbps. Average internet prices are quite high at £60; however, the quality of the internet and infrastructure may justify this.
2 – Spain
Spain has a robust internet infrastructure, with widespread access to high-speed broadband connections, 96% of households have access to the internet with mean speeds of 115Mbps. Spain is known for its vibrant online community and has a thriving e-commerce sector. Internet here is much cheaper, with 1Gb of mobile data averaging £0.47 and broadband costing £24.
3 – Romania
Romania has made significant progress in developing its internet infrastructure. Still, only 89% of households have internet access, but they have mean speeds of 112Mbps and are only paying around £5.90 for broadband and £0.35 per 1Gb of mobile data.
4 – France
France has extensive coverage of high-speed broadband connections throughout the country. 92% of households have internet access, and the mean speeds reach around 120Mbps. Although more expensive than in Romania, prices are still reasonable, with broadband costing an average of £27. However, mobile data is even cheaper, with 1Gb costing around £0.18 on average.
5 – Luxembourg
Luxembourg has excellent internet, with 97% of households having access to the internet with mean speeds of 131Mbps. The country has a favourable regulatory environment for digital businesses; thus, it is in the country’s interest to keep its Internet infrastructure strong and stable. However, it has the eighth highest average internet price of £44.21.
6 – Netherlands
The Netherlands has one of the highest internet penetration rates globally, with most of the population being active internet users (98%). Mean speeds in the Netherlands are 113Mbps, much above the European average of 71Mbps. Prices for broadband average at £37, which is just above the average in Europe (£26.19); however, when you’re getting high-quality internet, that cost can often be justified.
7 – Liechtenstein
Liechtenstein has a relatively small population, but it has developed its internet to provide mean speeds that are some of the best in Europe, with 166Mbps. The internet spreads to 95% of households and costs, on average, £47, which is quite a bit above the average of the rest of the continent. Mobile data is also much more expensive at £3 per 1Gb of data.
8 – United Kingdom
The internet is widely used in the UK for communication, social networking, e-commerce and entertainment. The country has a robust digital economy and has been at the forefront of technological advancements. However, compared to much of the EU, the UK has very average mean speeds of 72Mbps (EU average is 71Mbps). 97% of UK households have access to the internet, and the average cost is £26, which aligns with the EU average cost.
9 – Malta
Malta has made significant strides in improving its internet infrastructure in recent years and now boasts mean speeds of 107Mbps costing around £21 for broadband. However, mobile data is still expensive costing £2.32 per 1Gb. Malta has been proactive in embracing digital technologies and has implemented initiatives to support the growth of the digital economy, economic development, and an interconnected society.
10 – Poland
Much like other Eastern Europe countries, Poland has very good internet prices, with average broadband costing £13 and 1Gb of mobile data costing 0.32p. Although the price may reflect the quality, the mean speeds in Poland are around 55Mbps, which is slightly lower than the average speeds in Europe.
A spokesperson from VPS Server said: “The internet infrastructure in Europe has woven a digital tapestry, connecting nations and empowering individuals, fostering innovation, and transcending borders. It is the backbone of a new era, where knowledge flows freely, opportunities are wide, and the world is just a click away.
“The continuous investment and maintenance of internet infrastructure in Europe symbolises a commitment to progress and connectivity. By nurturing and expanding this, Europe paves the way for innovation, economic growth and an interconnected society.”