Brunei continued to fall down places in the annual league table of global broadband speeds.

UK-based broadband comparison site Cable shows that Brunei, with its average speed of 4.78Mbps, fell from its previous ranking at 101st place after over 5,000 speed tests to only become the 112nd fastest among 207 countries.

Brunei used to be within the top 100 (86th in 2017) until last year.

Despite its rank, Brunei’s average broadband speed saw slight improvement (from 4.15Mbps to 4.78Mbps this year), although Bruneians would still have to wait for close to three hours to download a 5GB file.

Taiwan made a strong comeback this year by clinching Singapore to become the fastest internet provider after slipping down to 14th place last year from its 3rd in 2017.

With an average speed of 85.02Mbps, internet users in Taiwan can download a 5GB file in just about eight minutes; Singapore for about 10 minutes as it also has an average speed of not less than 70Mbps.

With over 276 million speed tests conducted in 207 countries this time, Cable said that the gap between countries is starting to widen.

“Last year, the five fastest countries had download speeds around 88 times faster than the five slowest,” the company said in a statement.

“This year the top five are 125 times faster than the five slowest. Taiwan tops the table at 85.02Mbps, compared to Yemen, which is 224 times slower at just 0.38Mbps,” it added.

37 of the top 50 fastest-performing countries are located in Europe, with ten in Asia & Pacific, two in North America, and just one in Africa.

By contrast, 25 of the 50 slowest-performing countries are located in Africa, 12 in the Arab States with ten in Asia & Pacific, and three in South/Latin America.

141 countries failed to achieve average speeds above 10Mbps, a speed deemed by UK telecoms watchdog Ofcom to be the minimum required to cope with the needs of a typical family or small business.

Data was provided by M-Lab, a partnership between Google Open Source Research and Princeton University’s PlantLab as well as other supporting partners.

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