Communicating with people around the world these days is easy. With a few clicks, you can post messages onto people’s accounts, and it wouldn’t matter where they’re from. As long as you’re both connected to the internet, you can communicate.
Because of this dependence on the web, where everyone is connected to everyone else, speed becomes the key to taking full advantage of what the net has to offer. Being online means being connected, and we’ve come a long way from using dial up. In fact, it’s unlikely that anyone born past the year 1994 would ever believe that the internet actually moved that slowly.
Today internet speeds are rising competitively. Everyone wants faster internet because of what it offers – access to sophisticated services that extend beyond mere browsing. We are using the internet as a tool for recreation, business, and archiving.
- Communicate through VoiP service providers (such as Skype, RingCentral, Google Talk)
- Transfer and store files (Dropbox, Mediafire, 4shared)
- Create documents, spreadsheets, and similar office functions (Google Drive)
Such sophisticated technology requires a certain amount of bandwidth in order to function effectively. The top requirement for top-notch internet usage and efficiency is fast internet, and countries all over the world are jockeying for faster internet speeds. Faster internet encourages faster growth, and creates a very hospitable environment in which businesses (web-dependent or otherwise) can thrive.
Businesses and internet users are always looking for the best average Internet speeds per location. It’s a tight race per country, and users will be surprised to know that the US ranks thirteenth overall. But according to the surveys, the countries with the fastest internet speeds on average are, for this year:
- South Korea – this burgeoning East Asia country tops the list with barely any competition. South Korea’s internet speed clocks in at a mind-boggling 17.5Mbps. That being said, this is not unusual for a country that is heavily invested in the online world and which holds world tournaments for computer strategy games.
- Japan – the second-place holder of fastest internet speed in the world stands with 9.1Mbps on average. Japan is getting even more technologized in all daily aspects of life, and becoming more net dependent. However, its netizens seem to live in a kingdom of their own online and, much like Japan itself, live in their own selective internet communities.
- Hong Kong – It’s not unusual to find that yet another fast-growing Asian region is on this list; Hong Kong matches Japan in average internet speed. Business and commerce are thriving in this area, and companies are making sure that they are connected to the internet with the fastest possible speeds.
- Netherlands – this European country is famous for many things, especially its tourism, but one thing tourists may not know about is the country’s fast internet. With 8.2Mbps on average, the Netherlands is not only growing in economy, but also on average net speed, as it goes up 18% from last year.
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