It is always interesting to see where in the world has the fastest average internet connection and so we’re thankful to Panda Networks who got through 35 petabytes of data to discover that South Korea is the place to be for fast internet.
Of course this is nothing new as we’ve known for some time that South Korea has lightening fast connections – an average of 17.62Mbps at the moment. What is a lot more interesting however is that the top five is rounded off with four countries from eastern Europe.
Romania (15.27Mbps), Bulgaria (12.89Mbps), Lithuania (11.70Mbps) and Latvia (11.02Mbps) all break the 10Mbps barrier while Ukraine is only a couple of spots back with average download speeds of 9.52Mbps.
Conversely, here in the UK, we are lagging behind with an average speed of just 4.79Mbps while the United States is only just ahead at 4.93Mbps. An very interesting result of the research is that China, which has the world’s largest internet audience, has a lowly average speed of 1.96Mpbs.
As we said, Panda Networks sampled 35 petabyes of data to come to these conclusions, from 27 million downloads across 224 countries.
According to the research the slowest country in the world is Congo with a tortoise-slow average speed of just 13KBps – a speed which brings us right back to the very early days of the internet and dial-up connections.
Africa is home to most of the world’s slowest internet connections where even getting access to broadband services is a struggle and relying on mobile coverage is a better way of connecting with the wider world - which could account for the poor results.
Panda Networks also looked at average speeds of ISPs in certain countries. In the UK, Virgin Media came out on top with an average download speed of 4.9Mbps, followed by BE Unlimited (4.68Mbps) and Sky Broadband (4.27Mbps). BT was bottom of the pile of tested ISPs with a speed of 3.4Mbps.
But if you really want to depress yourself, then you should see that Dacom Crop in South Korea has an average speed of 41.21Mbps.
It is always interesting to see where in the world we rate in terms of internet connectivity but these results will only serve to show just how far we need to go to compete with the world’s best.