In the UK, the average speed has increased by 4.8Mbps to 50Mbps in the first quarter of 2019, according to a report from the broadband industry’s main trade body, the BIS.
But that pace will drop to a low of around 5Mbps in 2019, the report said.
The report was released ahead of the end of the next three-month period, which is a crucial window for the sector, which relies heavily on the Internet to deliver its services.
This year, it expects to see the fastest average broadband speeds in the UK.
However, the new report also warns that UK broadband will be slower than in many other countries when it comes to switching to high-speed networks.
The BIS said that the average connection speed in England and Wales has dropped from 6Mbps in 2014 to 4.5Mbps in 2021.
The organisation said this was mainly due to the closure of fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) networks, and the need to increase investment in infrastructure and new equipment to cope with the growing number of new customers.
However it added that the increase in average broadband speed will slow to just 1Mbps in 2020, and fall to 2Mbps by 2026.
The slow speeds are due to slower network capacity, which means the internet connections of millions of households are slower than they were in 2014.
The average speeds will also fall further in 2020 when the BHS will reduce its fixed-line broadband network from 11 gigabits to 6.5Gbps.
The number of broadband users in England is set to double from 5.6 million in 2021 to 10.4 million in 2022, the organisation said.
UK broadband is now at the heart of the UK’s future growth, with the BTSC forecast that broadband users will be growing at a rate of 8.5% over the next five years.
It also said that over the same period, mobile internet will account for 40% of the total UK internet usage, with only 2.4% being connected over fibre-optic networks.
BTSCs latest forecast for 2020 shows that broadband will continue to grow in the medium term.
“We will need to ensure we have the right infrastructure to deliver the right speeds, but this is the right time to be building the infrastructure to meet the needs of our growing population,” said David Anderson, chief executive of BTS.
The latest BTS report shows that the UK broadband network is set for a rapid expansion in the coming years.
According to the report, the number of connected broadband customers will increase by 1.7 million in 2020.
“By 2020, we will be at over 100 million connected broadband consumers.
This is a significant growth in broadband uptake,” said Mr Anderson.
“But the BBSC’s latest forecast shows that in 2020 we will need at least 1.2 million connected home broadband customers to maintain the pace of growth in the broadband market,” he said.
However Mr Anderson added that while the BLSC was optimistic about the future of the broadband sector, it warned that this was not enough to overcome the challenges posed by the ageing of the population and the growth of the digital economy.
“The population will be ageing, and we cannot expect broadband to be the solution for the future,” he added.
The UK is not alone in experiencing this growth in internet use.
Around 70% of Britain’s population currently has internet service.
The figures show that the internet has become more ubiquitous over the last five years, as consumers move to mobile devices, and as the number and range of broadband providers continues to expand.
In total, the UK internet user population is expected to reach 6.4 billion in 2021, up from 5 billion in 2020 according to the BGS.