U.S. Broadband Still Proceeds at a Relative Snail's Pace

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Broadband speed claims by ISPs are one thing, but it is real work results that are most significant. Thus, Royal Pingdom's report on the real-world state of the Internet, in terms of speed, drew our interest.

Royal Pingdom used data from Akamai to come up with its results. The data is from Q2 2010 and represents averages speeds in the country.

Here are some interesting data points:
  • China is No. 1 in terms of number of Internet users, but No. 42 in terms of speed (860kbps)
  • The U.S., creator of the Internet, is No. 2 among Internet users but No. 12 in speed (4.6Mbps)
  • The top 3 in speed are all Asian: South Korea (16.63Mbps), Hong Kong (8.57Mbps), and Japan (8.03Mbps). South Korea has long been the top spot in the world for speed; we'll guess that all that bandwidth is being used for StarCraft 2 right now.
  • Of the top 10 countries, 3 are in Asia, and 7 in Europe.
  • Iran rounds out the top 50 at 410kbps.
Although the U.S. continues to lag quite a few countries in terms of broadband speed, things could certainly be a lot worse. Take a look at the full report.
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AKwyn replied on Sun, Nov 14 2010 10:05 PM

Not surprising at the least bit, not every city has FiOS installed...


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If every city in the US had FiOS installed Taylor, the US would have been #1 or 2. I love my 50/20 FiOS.

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crowTrobot replied on Wed, Nov 17 2010 10:05 AM

I'd like to see the list adjusted for price and bandwidth caps because I'm pretty damn sure we're getting raped up here in Canada despite the advertised "high speeds".

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realneil replied on Wed, Nov 17 2010 10:06 AM

I'm pretty damn sure we're getting raped

Everyone is.

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