According to Statista, an online statistics portal providing data from research institutions, business organizations, and government institutions, the following 10 countries had the fastest average Internet connection in the first quarter of 2014 (based on Mbps).
1) South Korea (23.6 Mbps)
2) Japan (14.6 Mbps)
3) Hong Kong (13.3 Mbps)
4) Switzerland (12.7 Mbps)
5) Netherlands (12.4 Mbps)
6) Latvia (12 Mbps)
7) Sweden (11.6 Mbps)
8) Czech Republic (11.2 Mbps)
9) Finland (10.7 Mbps)
10) Ireland (10.7 Mbps)
The global average at the end of the first quarter of 2014 was 3.9 Mbps. As we learned in our interview with Jared Walpole of St. Thomas, ON in Elgin County, his service claims speeds of just 1.5 Mbps, and it’s actually running at about 0.5 Mbps. To put how slow that speed is into perspective, war torn countries like Syria and Iran average speeds around 0.25 Mbps. Just let that sink in for a bit – not only are parts of Elgin County connecting at lower speeds than the global average, there are countries with ongoing wars that are almost as fast as them.
As you can tell by the list above, Asian countries are running ahead of the rest of the world when it comes to Internet connection. Not only are they the fastest, but they’re growing the quickest as well. From the first quarter of 2013 to the first quarter of 2014, South Korea’s average Internet connection speed jumped by 140 percent!
The only good news coming out of 2014’s recent Internet speed statistics is that Canada isn’t on the list for the 10 slowest countries, which includes Nigeria, Syria, Libya, and Iran.
SWIFT is attempting to connect Southwestern Ontario with fibre-optic cable, aiming to supply 1 Gbps access for as little as $100/month. The students, farmers, retirees, families, and businesses of Southwestern Ontario deserve to be on par with the best in the world. You can help make it happen by contacting your county office today!