Just last week IBM set a new record for the fastest data transfer at a an amazingly fast 64 Gigabyte per second!!! At this transfer rate and if we assume a quality movie requires approximately 4.7Gb, you could download an entire movie in a fraction of a second, actually you could download 14 movies in a single second. In one minute you could download in excess of 817 full length movies. In one hour the obscene number of downloaded movies would swell to 49,021. There is one drawback though, so you bit Torrent clients shouldn’t get your hopes up. The transfer rate record was set in a special tech environment with a rather tight distance limitation of 57 meters. So while the rate is massively impressive it sadly does not have any real impact on what internet users can have or expect. Yet we shouldn’t be too sad. As we remember back to 1995, the average internet speed was a very slow by comparison speed of under 56 kilobits per second. So, as we look around the world today, where are the fastest countrywide internets?
As you read through the list below you will see some of what you expected and you will be surprised at some of the fastest average internet speeds these countries supply. Now remember, these are just the averages. The global average in the developed world is currently sitting at 15.9 megabits per second. If you don’t even get that fast then you are falling way behind.
10. Singapore = 30.7 megabits per second
9. Israel = 30.9 megabits per second
8. Bulgaria = 32.1 megabits per second
7. Switzerland = 32.4 megabits per second
6. Belgium = 32.7 megabits per second
5. Romania = 37.4 megabits per second
4.Latvia = 37.5 megabits per second
3. Japan = 42.2 megabits per second
2. South Korea = 48.8 megabits per second
And the winner is……..
1. Hong Kong = 54.1 megabits per second
So go home tonight and test your internet speed. If you aren’t anywhere near the top 10, relax, next year the speed records will change again and maybe you will be in the winning country. We all have the drive and the “Need for Speed” and technology will be every making the internet faster and faster, geeks will not be denied.