How Fast Is the Internets in Your Country?

By Boonsri Dickinson | August 31, 2009 6:15 pm

roland.jpgThese days, Internet speeds are an international bragging point. In a report issued by the Communications Workers of America, South Korea apparently wins, with the fastest Internet speed time in the world, clocking in at 20.4 megabits per second. That’s four times faster that what we get here in the U.S.—on average, about 5.1 mbps.

Physorg.com reports:

“The US has not made significant improvement in the speeds at which residents connect to the Internet,” the report said. “Our nation continues to fall far behind other countries.”

“People in Japan can upload a high-definition video in 12 minutes, compared to a grueling 2.5 hours at the US average upload speed,” the report said.

Fine, so the Japanese can download videos faster than we can (not that we’re jealous or anything). Of course, not too surprisingly, there’s a disparity even within the U.S.—people living in areas like New York have faster Web service, while states like Alaska and Montana enjoy the slowest Internet speeds. Apparently, during the speedmatters.org test, 18 percent of the people downloading material in the U.S. did so at speeds that are considered merely “basic broadband” connection. Ouch!

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Image: flickr/ roland

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  • CZQ

    Imagine coming to Malaysia where 1 megabit/second is a luxury

  • DavidS

    “Fine, so the Japanese can download videos faster than we can ”
    The major problem is that they can UPLOAD faster. In the crowd generated content web we browse all the time now, this is important.
    Upload is also your bottleneck when it comes to “lag” in your popular videogames.

  • Martin

    What do they pay for these high speed connection rates? It would also be interesting to see the wireless penetration rates.
    Maybe the spread of fiber optics in the U.S. will start to even things out.

  • Pingback: How Slow is South Africa’s Internet? A Pigeon Is Faster (Literally) | Discoblog | Discover Magazine()

  • Warren Garner89

    You think Malaysia;s bad try South Africa mbps is virtually unheard of…its all kbps

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