Access to the internet enables one to connect to the internet using a computer terminal, mobile devices, and computer networks. Internet access may also be available from public places such as internet cafe and libraries. Wireless internet access points are also available in public areas such as restaurants, airports, parks, shopping malls, and some public transport vehicles. Internet service providers offer internet facilities using different technological means which offer a range of data speed. The use of internet gained popularity in the 1990s through dial-up internet access. However, internet connections have made a great strides since. By the beginning of the 21st century, the internet users in developed countries began using the broadband internet. Almost all countries around the world had access to the faster broadband internet by 2014.
Average Internet Speed
Internet speed is measured in Mbps (megabytes per second). The data sourced from Akamai State of the Internet Report include internet speed averages collected from 200 countries. The data includes business and residential internet connection speeds from unique IP addresses. The internet speeds in a country represent averages and is always a percentage of connection above a certain threshold, for example, the percentage of connection above 4Mbps. The average internet speed is a good indication of the level of an individual country’s internet speed performance. The average speed of Internet varies globally and from country to country. Asia and Scandinavian countries have higher averages compared to the rest of the countries while the average global internet speed is 5.6Mbps according to Akamai data.
Country With The Fastest Internet Speed
South Korea has the fastest internet speed according to the Akamai report and other external sources. The average speed connection in the country was 26.7Mbps in Q4 of 2015, 21.1 Mbps above the global average. 62% of the internet connection in South Korea connects at speed above 15Mbps while almost 81% of the connections have an average speed of 10Mbps. South Korea was the first to complete upgrade to broadband from dial-up, and it is also home to the highest number of users per capita. South Korea is also one of the heaviest data users in the world. The competitive Korean ISP market has improved service levels for internet end users with an average internet speed of 124.5Mbps in the city of Cheongju. South Korea’s internet service providers offer a further 1Gbps of internet at just $20 to the public.
Other Countries With Fastest Internet In The World
While South Korea is a world leader with regards to a fast internet connection, other Asian countries also have fast internet speed. Japan and Hong Kong residents enjoyed internet speed of above 16Mbps on average in Q4 of 2015. Scandinavian countries are also leading the way in internet speed connections and also the scale of connection. Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Finland residents were connected to an internet speed that was faster than 16Mbps on average in 2015. In Denmark, 94% of internet connection was faster than 4Mbps in Q4 of 2015. 44% of internet connection in Norway enjoyed a speed above 15Mbps. Over 90% of the residents Sweden and Finland accessed internet connection speed of above 4Mbps. Netherlands, Switzerland, and Latvia also provide faster internet speed of above 16.5Mbps.