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The best country to live in for the fastest internet connection

Have you ever wondered which country has the best internet speeds for work, business or leisure? Find out here…

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Perhaps you’re a digital nomad, dependent on a really good internet connection to load your posts, photos and videos. Or maybe you run an online business whose survival depends on the internet. Or do you have teenage children who will drive you mad if they don’t have access to an internet connection that delivers a high-speed connection. Any of those sound like you?

According to akamai’s latest State of the Internet report (Q1 2017), the global average connection speed 7.2 Mbps (megabits per second). (Akamia is the content delivery network (CDN) responsible for serving between 15 and 30 per cent of all web traffic in the world, so provides a pretty significant overview.)

In total, 25 countries/regions worldwide posted average speeds of at least 15 Mbps, up from 23 countries/regions in the fourth quarter of 2016. With an average connection speed of 28.6 Mbps, South Korea was once again the only country/region to exceed an industry 25-Mbps threshold, although second-place Norway was close with an average speed of 23.5 Mbps. Singapore maintained its position as the country with the highest average peak connection speed at 184.5 Mbps.

Boats at Haeundae, Busan, South Korea
Haeundae, Busan, South Korea where the internet speed is the fastest in the world

The 10 countries with the fastest internet speeds (Avg Mbps/YoY change)

1. South Korea (28.6/-1.7%)

2. Norway (23.5/10%)

3. Sweden (22.5/9.2%)

4. Hong Kong (21.9/10%)

5. Switzerland (21.7/16%)

6. Finland (20.5/15%)

7. Singapore (20.3/23%)

8. Japan (20.2/11%)

9. Denmark (20.1/17%)

10. United States (18.7/22%)

Global (7.2/15%)

Global speeds on the increase

The global average connection speed increased 15% compared with the first quarter of 2016. Just as in the previous quarter, all the top 10 countries/regions saw yearly increases except for South Korea, which posted a 1.7% decline. Gains ranged between 9.2% in Sweden and 23% in Singapore. Worldwide, year-on-year improvements in average connection speeds were seen in 114 countries/regions, and increases ranged from 0.3% in Greece (to 7.9 Mbps) to 189% in Libya (to 2.1 Mbps). Yearly declines were seen in 35 countries/regions, with decreases ranging from 0.1% in Gabon and Congo to 56% in Liberia (to 1.8 Mbps).

Man's hand connecting ethernet to a router

This data does not include mobile connectivity. In the first quarter of 2017, average mobile connection speeds (aggregated at a country/region level) ranged from a high of 26.0 Mbps in the United Kingdom to a low of 2.8 Mbps in Venezuela. Based on traffic data collected by Ericsson, the volume of mobile data traffic grew by nearly 12% over the previous quarter.

Whatever your need or demands, would the speed of the internet in a particular location influence your choice to live there or not? Let me know, it’s an interesting topic!

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