How fast is the internet in the country where you live? How does your country compare with others? Good internet speed is a necessity in today’s world for millions of people, whether at home or at work. And although the global economy is increasingly dependent on technology and connectivity. Many countries have nothing more than the most basic internet access. There are two important metrics in bandwidth allocation (measured in Megabits per second or Mbps): download and upload speed, denoting the speed of inbound and outbound data respectively. The average global internet connectivity speed was 7.2 Mbps back in 2017.
So who has the fastest Internet? And what are The Top 5 countries with the best Internet speed?
Switzerland’s citizens have an average connectivity speed of 21.7 Mbps, a 16 percent year over year growth. Switzerland, which places first in the Best Countries ranking, centres its economy on highly developed financial services and high-tech manufacturing sectors.
4. Hong Kong
The internet connectivity speed in Hong Kong – a mostly autonomous territory on China’s southeaster coast is 21.9 Mbps, 10 percent higher than the same time frame in 2016. Democracy and free speech activists in Hong Kong have for years clashed with leadership in China, which places 20th overall in the Best Countries ranking and has some of the world’s tightest restrictions on internet usage and media freedom.
In Sweden, the average connectivity speed is 22.5 Mbps, a 9.2 percent increase from last year. Economically stable and progressive, Sweden places sixth overall in the Best Countries ranking.
The average connection speed in Norway is 23.5 Mbps, a 10 percent increase from the first quarter of 2016. Norway the westernmost Scandinavian nation, places 10th overall in the Best Countries ranking for its quality of life and citizenship.
1. South Korea
South Korea tops the list with connectivity speeds of 28.6 Mbps despite a 1.7 percent decline from the same time frame as last year. An estimated 40 percent of the population has connectivity speeds above 25 Mbps, compared with 12 percent of the global population.