U.S. Internet Speed Among Slowest in the World

The Internet first became available to the world in the late 80s through dial-up connections — Think AOL and “You’ve Got Mail.” Initially, these dial-up connections were able to reach a maximum speed of 56 KB/s.

Fast Internet access does make is key to making full use of the Internet. Fast Internet access is found in many different parts of the world. The United States, which arguably has produced some of the biggest Internet companies, has some of the slower speeds in the developed world. It’s 11th in the list of countries with the fastest Internet speeds in the world. Hong Kong has one of the fastest connections, averaging over 50 Mbps, with America lagging behind with an average high of only 39 Mbps.

Japan has numerous fiber optic cables in a very systematic system, placing them very high on the list. Singapore’s five major Internet service providers provide fast Internet through a fiber optic cable project created in 2010.

Internet connection in Israel reaches over 90% of its population. In Europe, fast connections can be found in Romania, with speeds reach up to 45 Mbps, as well as Bulgaria.

Many countries involved in wars usually don’t have the fastest Internet connections. Internet connections in places like Syria, Iran, and Libya are typically fragile and erratic, with average speeds of 256 KB/s.

It is also difficult to provide Internet access to large countries like India; only a small number of the population uses the Internet and speeds are as slow as 256 KB/s.

Top 10 fastest Internet speeds in the world:

  1. Hong Kong
  2. South Korea
  3. Japan
  4. Latvia
  5. Romania
  6. Belgium
  7. Switzerland
  8. Bulgaria
  9. Israel
  10. Singapore

Top 10 slowest in the world:

  1. Libya
  2. Nepal
  3. Nigeria
  4. Iran
  5. India
  6. Bolivia
  7. Syria
  8. Indonesia
  9. Kazakhstan
  10. Malaysia

The Internet has reduced the cost and increased the speed of information transfer. However, the data also indicates that U.S. Internet speed doesn’t compare well to a number of developed countries, falling behind Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea (which has an average speed of 23.6 Mbps), the Czech Republic, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland. The U.S. is tied with Denmark.

Faster Internet speeds are coming thanks to Google Fiber and other companies that are pushing the upper limits of speed. And that is a good thing!

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