Quality and speed of mobile Internet in Europe – RFBenchmark report (Q2 2018)

Author: Maciej Biegajewski
Quality and speed of mobile Internet in Europe – RFBenchmark report (Q2 2018)

Having analysed the next set of data, our specialists summarised the second quarter in terms of the quality and speed of mobile Internet in Europe. Thanks to this, we can answer the question- where can we enjoy the best wireless network in Europe?

Let us recall what the situation on the Old Continent looked like in the first quarter of 2018. EU citizens had the most reasons to be satisfied. The highest data download speed was recorded in France (20.6 Mbps), Croatia (20.4 Mbps), and Austria (20.2 Mbps). Internet users from Ukraine (4.89 Mbps), Macedonia (7.5 Mbps) and Belarus (9.2 Mbps), however, had to exercise some patience.

In the category of data upload speed, the top three spots are held by Austria (10.9 Mbps), the Netherlands (10.5 Mbps), and Spain (9.84 Mbps). Compared with the rest of Europe, the worst results in terms of data upload speed were recorded in Montenegro (2.0 Mbps), Macedonia (2.1 Mbps), and Ukraine (2.41 Mbps).

Considering the ping value, we could observe the best results in the countries of North-eastern Europe. Finland had the lowest value (39 ms), followed by Estonia (41 ms), with Lithuania in the third place (46 ms). At the opposite end of the spectrum, we can find Ukraine (138 ms), Russia (127 ms) and Romania (121 ms).

READ MORE: Mobile Internet connection speed in Europe – RFBenchmark report (Q1 2018)

Mobile Internet in Europe- where is it the fastest?

After analysing the data collected by the users of our application, it turned out that our „old friends” from previous rankings appeared in certain categories again. A good example is the classification of countries that can enjoy the highest data download speed. The composition of the podium has not changed since the previous report. France ranks highest with a score of 20.4 Mbps. In the second place we noticed quite a change. Austria (19.7 Mbps) moved up to the second position. This mountainous country proved to be better than Croatia (19.4 Mbps) which currently ranks third.

Once again, the worst performing countries were Ukraine (5.3 Mbps), Macedonia (8.2 Mbps), and Belarus (9.2 Mbps). It is worth noting, however, the optimistic information that the first two countries have improved their results since the previous ranking.

Now let’s look at the data upload speed. Again, Austria recorded the highest score (10.2 Mbps). Could it be that in this case, the topography did not hinder the effective development of the mobile network infrastructure? The Netherlands (10.1 Mbps) and Spain (9.66 Mb/s) were right behind Austria. It is worth noting that the results in these countries are slightly worse than in the last quarter. In this category, Europe’s red areas are Montenegro (2.5 Mbps), Ukraine (2.56 Mbps), and Macedonia (2.6 Mbps).

What is the situation regarding the ping value? It appears that the Northern countries are still leaders in this category. The best result belongs to Finland (44 ms), followed closely by Estonia (48 ms) and Norway (53 ms), which replaced Lithuania on the podium. The worst performing countries were Ukraine (129 ms), Russia (117 ms), and Romania (115 ms).

Once again, we can observe constant problems of our Eastern neighbour with the quality of mobile Internet. Ukraine appeared in all three infamous rankings of countries with the biggest problems regarding wireless connectivity.

Mobile Internet in Poland- how do we fare compared with the rest of Europe?

We know who can enjoy the best, and who has the worst mobile Internet in Europe. So, it’s time to see how Poland is doing compared to others. The average download speed by the Vistula River was 18.6 Mbps. This result is better than in the first quarter. Moreover, it is a result allowing us to surpass our neighbours – Germany, Czech Republic, and Slovakia.

As for the average data upload speed, an improvement in the result has also been observed. In Poland, we can upload files with an average speed of 7.98 Mbps. Unfortunately, we are still far behind Austria, which achieved the best result in Europe, although we fare better in this category than the Scandinavian countries. On the other hand, this result is unfortunately worse than those of most Western European countries.

The ping value in Poland has increased and amounts to 54 ms in the second quarter. This result allows Poland to rank 4th in Europe. Norway surpassed us by a very narrow margin with a result of 53 ms.

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The most important data from Q2 2018


  • average data download speed: 18.6 Mbps
  • average data upload speed: 7.89 Mbps
  • ping value: 54 ms

Europe – the highest average data download speed:

  1. France: 20.4 Mbps
  2. Austria: 19.7 Mbps
  3. Croatia: 19.4 Mbps

Europe – the lowest average data download speed:

  • Ukraine: 5.3 Mbps
  • Macedonia: 8.2 Mbps
  • Belarus: 9.7 Mbps

Europe – the highest average data upload speed:

  1. Austria: 10.2 Mbps
  2. The Netherlands: 10.1 Mbps
  3. Spain: 9.66 Mbps

Europe – the lowest average data upload speed:

  • Montenegro: 2.5 Mbps
  • Ukraine: 2.56 Mbps
  • Macedonia: 2.6 Mbps

Europe – the lowest ping value:

  1. Finland: 44 ms
  2. Estonia: 48 ms
  3. Norway: 53 ms

Europe – the highest ping value:

  • Ukraine: 129 ms
  • Russia: 117 ms
  • Romania: 115 ms

How did we collect data for the ranking?

Analytics are collected from the different users using the RFBenchmark mobile application. The mobile application allows the analysis of various radio parameters and test the internet speed of technologies such as: GSM, 3G and 4G-LTE. The Interactive map available on website provides the Quality of Service (QoS) and the corresponding ranking of different mobile operators based on the analytics collected by the application users.

Whenever the RFBenchmark application registers a low-quality voice connection, a sudden reduction in the internet connection speed or any other malfunction, it has the ability to report the current location of the user, where the disruption in the service has occurred.

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