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
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.
(15.27Mbps), Bulgaria (12.89Mbps),
Lithuania (11.70Mbps) and Latvia (11.02Mbps) all break the 10Mbps barrier
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
which has the world’s largest internet audience, has a lowly average speed of
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
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
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.