Notable Countries With High Speed Internet
High-speed internet isn’t a luxury that the entire world has yet to enjoy. As you would expect, it’s exclusive to first world countries. Interestingly enough, even some of the most well-developed countries have a lot of inconsistency throughout, with certain areas offering much lower speeds than others. However, it’s been reported that the average speeds available are ever on the rise. By the end of 2016, the average speed had gone up to just over six megabits per second. It was only just over 5 Mbps a year prior.
While it seemed that their average speeds were trending downwards in 2015, 2016 has proven once again that South Korea is on top of their game when it comes to offering high speed internet. By the end of the year, the average Mbps was coming in at a staggering 26. Over 60 percent of the households in the country had speeds of over 15 Mbps or more, which is still much faster than many of the other countries in the world. Only Hong Kong and Norway manage to come anywhere near these speeds, with average speeds of around 20 Mbps each.
Among the most improved over the last year includes Singapore, further establishing the Asian stronghold over internet speed. Their speeds were the 6th highest in the entire world in 2016, averaging about 18 Mbps overall, still 3 times faster than the worldwide average. Japan trails closely behind, also with 18 Mbps, although there was less of an overall increase in comparison to prior years.
Notably, Denmark fell out of the top 10 ranked fastest internet speeds in 2016. They were right at the bottom of the list the year prior with a still impressive 16 Mbps. Their speeds remained strong in 2016, but Latvia showed more improvement overall, ultimately edging it out of the top 10.
The rest of the top 10 countries with high speed internet in 2016 included Sweden, Switzerland, Finland, and the Netherlands. Some may find it surprising that prominent nations such as the United States of America aren’t closer to the top. Their average speed was only 14 Mbps. The large size of the country and the wide variety of infrastructure from state to state makes speed consistency rather difficult however. You’ll find in the most populated states that the average speeds are more in line with the countries closer to the top of the list.