When the discussion about which country has the fastest internet or perhaps the fastest download speed, many of us may simply assume the United States to be on the top of the list, however unfortunately that is not true, in fact America doesn’t even make the top ten lists of the countries with the fastest network connection. According to Akami’s (a company that develops software for web content and application deliver) latest report, the global average internet connection speed is 1.8 Mbits/sec, which is really quite meager compared to the average speeds in the countries that top Akami’s list. In today’s age of data and information sharing, an internet connection that is slow and gets stuck every time you open up a new page is the worst nightmare of every internet user, on the other hand, a fast and blazing internet connection could very well be compared to giving someone the liberty to zoom through space and time and basically expand their own psyche with all sorts of information provided to them at free will and by just a click of a button.
Here we have the ten most successful countries in terms of fast internet connection and an even faster download speed.
Singapore is no# 10 on the list with an average internet speed of 30.7 megabits per second. It made it on the list of the top ten with a peak speed that is almost double the global average of 15.9 megabits per second. The country, according to Akamai’s report editor David Belson, Singapore with its high speed broadband and all the gadgets available there that go along with it perfectly is the ‘’tech-hub’’ of the world currently. Period!
In theory internet in Israel has been available since the late 90s, however it only came into practicality to most of the people in Israel only in 2001. The country’s average peak speed was measured at 30.9 megabits per second. According to David Belson, the editor, ‘’there’s good connectivity and even smarter and very technical people.’’ A perfect place for web start up culture, Israel is the place for startups after Silicon Valley.
As most of us know Bulgaria, with its low taxes and cheap labor, is definitely an exclusive destination for global businesses and investors alike; however, that’s not the country’s only selling point. It is also a giant in terms of its internet speed. The country’s peak speed rates at 32.1 megabits per second, which is in fact an increase in the speed by 15 percent compared with the previous quarter. Local area network is the most common type of internet access in Bulgaria, over 60 percent of consumers use this type of internet facility.
Switzerland is one of the few European countries with high internet penetration rates on this list. The country’s average peak speed is at a 32.4 megabits/second. In terms of internet users however, the country is ranked low due to the high internet costs in the country. Most of the households and broadband subscriptions in the country are via DSL, specifically ADSL and VDSL. Faster internet speed and especially high speed xDSL technologies and other fiber channels are mostly used by businesses only, due to their sky-rising costs.
With Internet connections peaked at a zooming average of 32.7 megabits per second, Belgium is no.6 on the list of the countries with fastest internet. In the fall of 2004 nearly 90 percent of Belgium’s entire territory was connected through ADSL provided by Belgacom, a telecom company in Belgium. With the kind of internet boasted by Belgium, you could download any of your favorite movies on the internet in just about 6-7 minutes max.
According to Belson’s report, Romania is the only country to have its average speed decreased from the previous quarter by 3.2 percent, along with the global decrease of 1.4 percent. Even with the substantial decrease in the speed, most countries would die to have Romania’s broadband speed. The country’s average peak speed as calculated topped at 37.4 megabits per second.
Latvia is one of those countries that probably not many tech-junkies have heard of; however with a lot of government’s backup, it is one of those small European countries that have a soaring reputation for Internet connectivity. It beat precursor on the list, Romania, by just a tenth of a megabit per second in average peak speed with an average speed of 37.5 megabits per second.
Japan, a country vastly known around the world for their tech and electronics industry is no doubt at the top of the internet game as well. The government of the country has for long prioritized their development in terms of internet betterment as a national goal. According to Akamai’s report, high-speed optic fiber runs through many parts of the small country and because of that, the average peak speed rates at a whooping 42.2 megabits per second.
2. South Korea
When online-gaming comes into discussion, South Korea is perhaps the pioneering and the only country that still hasn’t at all lost its love for the games played online. Home to several gaming competitions and societies, such as World Cyber Games, World e-Sports Games and many more, the country has entire TV channels dedicated to ‘’electronic sports.’’ The average peak speed connection comes to a staggering 48.8 megabits per second which puts the country in top two on our list.
1. Hong Kong
Unlike their neighbors China just across the border, content censorship in HongKong is virtually non-existent and average peak speeds soar up to 54.1 megabits per second, undoubtedly making it No. 1 in the list of the top ten countries with the fastest internet. Again, unlike speeds just across their borders in China, that has the country ranked at No. 123 in the list of internet speeds; people in HongKong get good government back up in terms of infrastructure and connections to support their blazing fast internet, which would let you download any HD movie at around 4 minutes max.
Final Conclusion: In today’s age of fast moving information and technology, a slow internet speed that would take up several minutes just to load any website’s homepage could be a real pain in the behind. We humans have grown into a comparatively lazier race than we used to be, hence we like everything from our food, clothes and even to our exercise, fast and convenient; it’s obvious we wouldn’t want our internet to be any different. So, one of the many and perhaps the most important gift that current governments in the world could give their citizens is definitely a faster internet connection.
Nikhil is musician by choice, writer by profession. Currently, studying Bachelors in Hospitality.