High-speed internet is a must for millions of people around the world, whether at home or at work. And while the global economy is increasingly dependent on innovation and connectivity, many countries have nothing more than the most basic access to the Internet, according to Akamai, one of the largest providers of content distribution networks in the world.
The overall average internet connection speed was 7.2 megabits per second (Mbps) in the first quarter of 2017, a 15 percent increase from the same period in 2016, according to an Akamai report.
Half of the 10 countries with the fastest Internet are in Europe, four in the Asia-Pacific region and one in the Americas. Here are the top 10, according to the Akamai report. The list includes territories that are part of the nations.
The average speed of Internet connectivity in the United States was 18.7 Mbps during the first quarter of 2017, a 22 percent year-on-year increase. Within the United States, Washington, D.C., has the fastest internet speed, followed by Delaware and Massachusetts.
The average speed of connectivity in Denmark is 20.1 Mbps, a slight decrease from the last quarter of 2016, but still 17 percent more than in the first quarter of 2016. Denmark, which ranks 12th in Best’s ranking News from US News, of more than 5.6 million and serves as the main gateway between northern Europe and the rest of the world.
In Japan, the average internet connection speed is 20.2 Mbps, 11 percent more than in the same period in 2016. The country is highly appreciated for its power, entrepreneurship and cultural influence, ranking fifth in the ranking of Best Countries.
The average speed of 20.3 Mbps connectivity makes Singapore the country with the highest year-on-year increase in Internet speed in the Asia-Pacific region, with speeds 23 percent faster than the same period in 2016. City-state Island is one of the richest nations in the world and ranks fifth in the ranking of the best countries.
The average Internet connection speed is 20.5 Mbps, 15 percent more than in the same period in 2016. Finland, an international leader in education and freedom of the press, occupies a prominent position in the ranking of the best countries by entrepreneurship and quality of life.
Swiss citizens have an average connection speed of 21.7 Mbps, up 16 percent year-on-year. Switzerland, which ranks first in the Best Countries ranking, focuses its economy on highly developed financial services and high technology manufacturing sectors.
7. Hong Kong
The speed of Internet connectivity in Hong Kong – a largely autonomous territory on the southeastern coast of China – is 21.9 Mbps, 10 percent more than in the same period of 2016. Democracy and freedom activists’ expression in Hong Kong have clashed for years with the leadership in China, ranked 20th in the Best Countries ranking and has some of the world’s strictest restrictions on the use of the Internet and freedom of the press.
In Sweden, the average connection speed is 22.5 Mbps, 9.2 percent more than last year. Economically stable and progressive, Sweden ranks sixth in the ranking of Best Countries.
The average connection speed in Norway is 23.5 Mbps, up 10 percent from the first quarter of 2016. Norway, the westernmost Scandinavian nation, ranks tenth in the ranking of Best Countries for the quality of life and citizenship.
10. South Korea
South Korea tops the list with connectivity speeds of 28.6 Mbps, despite a 1.7 percent decline from the same period in 2016. It is estimated that 40 percent of the population has connectivity speeds above of 25 Mbps, compared to 12 percent of the world’s population.
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