The latest report from Royal Pingdom on the real-world connection speeds throw some interesting stats about the net speed across the world.

The report examines the real-world connection speeds for people in the top 50 countries on the Internet, i.e. the countries with the most Internet users. This list of countries ranges from China at number 1 with 420 million Internet users, and Denmark at number 50 with 4.75 million Internet users.

The data for the report was provided by Akamai, who is the world’s largest CDN provider. As the report points out, this data is very important for web publishers as they can get an idea of what kind of Internet connection speeds their customers are likely to have in different countries.

The below image details the average connection speeds of the top 50 countries on the web.


As you can see from the image above, South Korea leads the pack with a staggering average connection speed of 16.63Mbps, which is way ahead of the second placed Hong Kong.

  • The top 3 countries in the list are all from Asia!
  • 7 out of top 10 countries in the list are from Europe.
  • No American country in top 10.
  • Canada beats the United States, barely, with 4.7 Mbit/s versus 4.6 Mbit/s.
  • The connection speeds of China and India are well below the worldwide average.

The average connection speed for Internet users worldwide, not just among these 50 countries, but all countries, is an average of 1.8 Mbit/s. As an average, this is actually pretty good, but as you’ve seen, there are plenty of extremes in either direction.

It’s quite encouraging that as many as 22% of the connections are 5 Mbps or faster, and even more that more than half of all connections are 2Mbps or faster. I will leave you with a chart which shows how the connection speeds of each country are distributed.


Do let us know how does your own connection measure up.

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