Asia is both top and bottom of the world Internet speed league
pingdom.com Asia is both top and bottom of the world Internet speed league
pingdom.com You can read the full article at http://royal.pingdom.com/2013/01/31/asia-extremes-internet-speeds/ But here is a summary.
pingdom.com The countries with the fastest Internet connections are: #1 Hong Kong 54.1 Mbps #2 South Korea 48.8 Mbps #3 Japan 42.2 Mbps #4 Latvia 37.5 Mbps #5 Romania 37.4 Mbps #14 United States 29.6 Mbps
Current top 5 countries + USA Hong Kong South Korea Japan Romania Latvia USA Hong Kong #1 60 54.1 Mbps Average Internet peak connection speed 45Mbps 30 15 World avg. Q3 2012: 15.9 Mbps 0 Q3 07 Q1 08 Q3 08 Q1 09 Q3 09 Q1 10 Q3 10 Q1 11 Q3 11 Q1 12 Q3 12Data source: Akamai (Q3 2007 – Q3 2012) www.pingdom.com
pingdom.com A few things worth noting: • In the latest quarter, Hong Kong (54.1 Mbps) has increased its lead over South Korea (48.8 Mbps). • Of the current top ﬁve countries, it’s only Japan that has been able to pass Hong Kong and South Korea in the chart since 2007. • Hong Kong and South Korea have been rather lonely at the top, widening the gap to the other countries since the third quarter 2011. • The United States has dropped down to 14th place in the latest quarter, and added here just for reference. • None of the big European countries, like France, Germany and United Kingdom, made the top ﬁve list. United Kingdom, currently in 16th place with an average peak connection speed of 28.1 Mbps, has the highest ranking of the three.
pingdom.com So the three countries with the fastest Internet connections are in Asia... What happens if we look at continents instead?
Average Internet peak connection speed per continent Europe North America Asia Africa South America Paciﬁc 30 Europe #1 23 Mbps 24Mbps 18 World avg. Q3 2012: 15.9 Mbps 12 6 0 Q3 07 Q1 08 Q3 08 Q1 09 Q3 09 Q1 10 Q3 10 Q1 11 Q3 11 Q1 12 Q3 12 Data source: Akamai (Q3 2007 – Q3 2012) www.pingdom.com
pingdom.com How can that be? Asia has the top three countries with the fastest speeds but can only manage third place as a continent!
Peak Internet connection speed distribution per continent Slowest !!! Fastest Africa AsiaEurope NorthAmerica Average Median Paciﬁc SouthAmerica 2 13 23 34 44 55 MbpsData sources: Akamai (Q3 2012), Pingdom www.pingdom.com
pingdom.com A few things worth noting: • Asia clearly has the largest distribution of Internet speeds of any continent. • Looking only at the median speed, Asia has the lowest number of all continents except Africa. • The slowest average peak connection speed in Asia is that of Iran at 2.9 Mbps. • Malaysia, with an average peak connection speed at 18.2 Mps, represents the average country in the continent very well. • The country closest to the median would be Lebanon at 12.6 Mbps in average peak connection speed. • Africa, Europe, South America, and the Paciﬁc (which includes Australia and New Zealand) all have a rather even distribution; consequently they have a median and an average that are both located near the middle.
pingdom.com What is clear from this is that not every person across Asia enjoys the same superfast Internet as Hong Kong and South Korea. In fact, many people have some of the slowest Internet speeds anywhere on the planet.
pingdom.com But what is also clear is that the potential for growth in Asia is astonishing. For example, China has 565 million Internet users, which represents only 42.1% of the population. Based on our ﬁndings, it would seem like Internet speeds in many parts of the continent would have to increase considerably, so that the typical person in Asia (the median) would enjoy a better Internet experience.
pingdom.com The question is, when will that happen?
pingdom.com Sources http://www.akamai.com/stateoftheinternet/ And a few of our own calculations :)