Everyone wants to be the best, but who is the best nation for the thing we rely on most in the modern age? Internet.
Internet speed is the first thing we complain about when our film on Netflix is buffering, or you can’t stream in 1080p.
This worldwide list shows the top 5 and bottom 5 internet speeds per country, and how much they’re paying for it.
As a nation, the UK ranks 26th in the world with the average cost of access $20 – $50 (£14 – £37) and speed of 52.53Mbps. We’re pretty much average, but where do our friendly neighbours come in? Who’s slipped and who’s expected to be the best? Find out below…
1. Singapore – 161.21 Mbps – $39
2. Iceland – 145.64 Mbps – $50 – $100
3. Hong Kong – 141.56 Mbps – $71
4. South Korea – 132.52 Mbps – $29
5. Romania – 98.64 Mbps
What’s the connection?
It’s important to note that 3 out of the top 5 countries are all in Asia, who are individually some of the major electronic producers and business hubs, such as Hong Kong. These countries are all fast developing and have rapid population growth. This reflects in their internet speeds. As more of the population have access to internet, they now have higher expectations with their internet speed, as more devices are being made and used within these nations.
Surprisingly, Iceland and Romania have lesser populations than the previously spoken about expanding Asian countries. Iceland merely boasting 334,300 people compared to South Korea (with over 51 million) using the internet daily, which costs Iceland $50 – $100 a month, one of the highest costs in the top 5. Does this mean the lesser the population, the faster the internet?
It’s also notable that costs in former Soviet Nations, such as Romania and Serbia where internet costs are less than $20 a month, compared to that of Singapore who pay $39 a month.
55. Australia – 25.88 Mbps – $60
56. United Arab Emirates – 25.69 Mbps $155
57. Puerto Rico – 24.95 Mbps
58. Vietnam – 24.77 Mbps – $62
59. Serbia – 23.96 Mbps – $20 or less
What’s the connection?
Australia has slipped down the rankings, dropping 2 spots since last year. It’s surprising such slow speeds are still recorded despite the $49 billion National Broadband Network Australia investment. It’s important to note that Australia is the biggest land mass in the bottom 5, perhaps causing slow internet due to the vast amount of land, compared to the smaller nations.
Puerto Rico and Vietnam are in the lower places as they are typically seen as lesser developed nations, when it comes to technological and social advancement. Serbia is the slowest in the world and in the western sphere (and the world!)
The U.A.E is 56th on the list, which is surprising as we often have perceptions of countries with lower GDPs to have slower internet. This isn’t the case with the U.A.E. Their GDP comes in at $407.52 billion (in 2017) and paying $155 a month for internet access- an unfair deal!
Still confused by the numbers? For more advice about internet access and the best broadband for your company, contact my team at Applewood IT – http://apple-wood.co.uk/contact-us/
Articles and Reports related (information reported from December 2017)