Bangalore: Connectivity has so far turned from ‘wired’ to ‘wireless.’ In both the case, the last thing you wish to see would be a slow loading internet page. Be it uploading a picture or having a video conference, everyone loves a lightning fast Internet connection. However, when most of the countries including India suffer from slow Internet connection, certain countries enjoy browsing at speeds as high as 1 Gbps, even at its outskirts.
Have a look at the top 10 countries with superfast internet, compiled by Bloomberg on the basis of the quarterly report prepared by Akamai technologies.
Speed: 30.7 megabits per second
Singapore, known to be the ‘tech hub’ has cracked to take the 10th spot with an average of 30.7 megabits per second that is nearly double the global average of 15.9 megabits per second.
The country includes four major Internet service providers, namely, SingNet, StarHub, Pacnet and M1. As part of the country’s initiative of Intelligent Nation 2015, the Singapore Government has been promoting the usage of broadband Internet access and it is readily available throughout the country with connectivity rate of over 99%.
The Next Generation Nationwide Broadband Network service plan is Singapore’s nationwide ultra-high speed fiber network. It is on track to achieve its target 95 percent coverage.
# 9 Israel
Speed: 30.9 megabits per second
Internet in Israel has been available since the 1990’s but came into use for commoners since 2001. The recent developments of broadband capabilities have made the country reach 9th in the world. The internet is provided through phone and cable infrastructure and has an average speed of 30.9 megabits per second.
The Akamai editor, Belson says, it has good connectivity as well as web culture and fast Internet go hand in hand which makes it on the list. The three main Internet service providers are 012 Smile, 013 Netvision and Bezeg International.
Speed: 32.1 megabits per second
The country is known to attract the global companies and investors because of its low taxes and cheap labour. Besides, it is also known for its high speed Internet where it reached an average of 32.1 megabits per second. Local Area Network (LAN) is the most common type of Internet access with over 60% of the consumers accessing it because of the high speeds and good service.
After the introduction of Asymmetric digital subscriber line (ADSL) technology, the use of Internet has greatly increased and now it is available in 208 towns and villages around the country.
Speed: 32.4 megabits per second
Known to be the major hub of finance industry, Switzerland crossed at 32.4 megabits per second on average. The country has one of the highest Internet and broadband penetration rates in Europe. Broadband has replaced telephone communications and DSL networks have overtaken cable as the prime technology for broadband access.
Speed: 32.7 megabits per second
The Internet connections in Belgium crossed an average of 32.7 megabits per second. The downloading speed in Brussels has now reached a good level. Majority of the citizens have bandwidth caps to limit the amount of data users and these are between 5GB/month up to 500GB/month and it shows the competition in the market.
Speed: 37.4 megabits per second
Romania was the only country to see its average peak speed fall from the previous quarter. The country’s average dropped 3.2 percent, compared with a global average decrease of 1.4 percent. Still, majority of the countries prefer to have Romania’s broadband speed with an average speed of 37.4 megabits per second.
Based on the Akamia report of 2011, Romanian cities like Constanta, Ia?i and Timi?oara are in the top 100 cities at the world level with the highest average Internet speeds. Based on the Pando networks content delivery space service released on September 2011, Romania has the second fastest Internet speed in the world behind South Korea.
Speed: 37.5 megabits per second
Even though Latvia doesn’t come to mind easily when thinking about the most technologically advanced nations, the broadband lines reached an average peak speed of 37.5 megabits per second placing it to be the top four.
The Internet in Latvia started to have its significant growth in 1999 and by 2000; there were about 75,000 Internet users and about twelve e-commerce shops in the country. By 2003, about 5.4 percent of the country’s citizens used Internet at home and 60 percent did not access it at all. Those of who could accessed it in public areas or through their work place, as high subscription prices for home usage remained a barrier.
Speed: 42.2 megabits per second
Even though Japan lost its game in electronics industry, it still tops in telecommunications technology. The Japanese government has given priority to Internet development as a national goal, said Belson. Besides, from the reports of Akamai, it states that high-speed optic fiber runs through many parts of the country and the country’s connections have reached 42.2 megabits per second on average.
#2 South Korea
Speed: 48.8 megabits per second
South Korea, known to be a lover of games is a home to several gaming competitions, such as World Cyber Games, and has entire television channels devoted to “electronic sports”. The online gaming absorbs a lot of bandwidth. The average peak Internet connection for South Korea was 48.8 megabits per second and broadband, in the case of top-ranked nations is comparatively cheap. Belson says that the pricing is way more affordable.
The country is known to be one of the leaders in Internet connectivity and speed. The government has established policies and programs that facilitate a rapid expansion and the use of broadband. It offers wireless services to all the major cities. Wibro and HSDPA is the most common used technology used in the country’s wireless broadband and most of the public restaurants offer free Wi-Fi connection during business hours.
#1 Hong Kong
Speed: 54.1 megabits per second
Hong Kong, the leader in Internet connectivity is blazing fast with its high population density and strong governmental support. Belson says, unlike the Internet lines across the border, content censorship is nonexistent. According to Akamai, the average peak speed in the country was 54.1 megabits per second, making it the top on the list.
As per 2010, the 69.4 percent of the population are Internet users and because of very little censorship in the country, the Internet is used for the distribution of certain materials particularly child pornography and pirated materials. The government provides freedom of speech and none of the websites are blocked and governmental licenses are not required to operate a website.