Countries with the Fastest Internet in the World 2018
A UK telecommunication services price comparison site Cable has ranked the countries with the fastest internet in the world based on over 163 million speed tests across 200 countries or territories. It is the second year of the assessment and the 2018 ranking uses data collected from June 2017 to May 2018.
The average global internet speed is getting faster. The previous year produced a global average internet speed of 7.40 Mbps while in 2018 it rose 23% to 9.10 Mbps. The countries contributing the most to this rise are those in developed nations which already have established infrastructure and can therefore roll out the latest technology available.
Comparatively, there is little development and therefore little change in availability, rollout and uptake of faster infrastructure in the bottom half of the ranking compared with the top half. The countries with the fastest internet in the world are likely to be smaller and more developed. The larger and less developed a nation is, the slower the internet will likely be.
Europe has the world’s highest concentration of countries with the fastest internet. Sweden, where 60% of homes and businesses enjoy up to 1,000Mbps (1Gbps), has Europe’s fastest internet with an average speed of 46Mbps. Denmark (2nd) and Norway (3rd) are not far behind with average speeds of 43.99 and 40.12Mbps respectively. Of the 53 countries measured in Europe, only Armenia (107th) is outside the top 100.
The Asia-Pacific region is a mix of some of the fastest countries in the world (Singapore at 1st, Japan at 12th, Taiwan at 14th, Hong Kong at 19th and New Zealand at 26th) and some of the slowest (Vanuatu at 186th, Tajikistan at 188th, Turkmenistan 198th and East Timor at 199th place).
The US (20th) has the fastest broadband in the Americas with an average speed of 25.86Mbps. Generally, South and Latin American countries are at the slower end of the regional scale. Venezuela (176th) has the slowest speeds in the Americas with an average speed of just 1.24Mbps.
Only Bahrain (90th) and the UAE (97th) of the Middle East countries are not in the bottom 100. Meanwhile, Africa is a long way behind the rest of the world when it comes to broadband provision, relying primarily on wireless (WiMAX, 3G, 4G) connectivity rather than cables to cover large landmass. Madagascar is the fastest African nation in 22nd place with an average speed of 24.87Mbps.
Check out the map of internet speeds around the world: