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Best and Worst Countries for Wi-Fi Access

The Internet hasn’t spread around the globe equally. Just as each country has its own economic policy, and its International calling rates, each one’s relationship with technology also affects how it stands in comparison to neighboring nations.

Countries with the Best Public Wi-Fi

When navigating the globe’s public Wi-Fi hotspots, high-speed internet is not always easy to come by. The top 20 countries for Wi-Fi are mostly in Europe, with Lithuania and Croatia leading the pack with the fastest download speeds.best-worst-wifi-countries

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Here are the top 20 countries for Wi-Fi and their connection speeds. (All figures are in Mbps.)

    • USA
      • Average download speeds: 6.89
      • Average upload speeds: 4.37
    • Canada
      • Average download speeds: 7.16
      • Average upload speeds: 3.32
    • Portugal
      • Average download speeds: 7.43
      • Average upload speeds: 2.55
    • Sweden
      • Average download speeds:7.9
      • Average upload speeds: 9.29
    • Germany
      • Average download speeds: 7.96
      • Average upload speeds: 2.95
    • Latvia
      • Average download speeds: 8.46
      • Average upload speeds: 8.33
    • Switzerland
      • Average download speeds: 8.67
      • Average upload speeds: 3.9
    • Finland
      • Average download speeds: 8.69
      • Average upload speeds: 6.09
    • Singapore
      • Average download speeds: 9.49
      • Average upload speeds: 5.41
    • Bulgaria
      • Average download speeds: 9.67
      • Average upload speeds: 6.31
    • Slovenia
      • Average download speeds: 9.72
      • Average upload speeds: 6.69
    • Belgium
      • Average download speeds: 10.07
      • Average upload speeds: 3.22
    • Hungary
      • Average download speeds: 10.37
      • Average upload speeds: 4.03
    • Denmark
      • Average download speeds: 10.52
      • Average upload speeds: 6.06
    • UK
      • Average download speeds: 10.97
      • Average upload speeds: 5.26
    • Romania
      • Average download speeds: 11.32
      • Average upload speeds: 7.31
    • Ireland
      • Average download speeds: 11.43
      • Average upload speeds: 5.2
    • Estonia
      • Average download speeds: 13.75
      • Average upload speeds: 12.04
    • Croatia
      • Average download speeds: 14.05
      • Average upload speeds: 11.21
    • Lithuania
      • Average download speeds: 15.4
      • Average upload speeds: 14.17

There are currently 189 million public Wi-Fi hotspots worldwide. That’s 888 percent growth since 2013. However, these hotspots aren’t distributed equally.

Below is the number of people per hotspot for each country.

Average Connection Speeds by Country

Including residential and commercial access, the global average connection speed is 6.1 Mbps (megabits per second). The fastest connection speeds are in South Korea, Norway, Hong Kong, Sweden and Switzerland. The slowest connection speeds are in Venezuela, Paraguay, Namibia, Bolivia and Nigeria.

The internet speed in South Korea is nearly double that of the United States. The reasons for South Korea’s fast internet speeds are competition among many broadband carriers, a pro-technology culture, a relatively “open-network” system where companies share infrastructure, a dense population that reduces wiring needs, and a proactive government technology plan enacted in the 1990s.

Mobile Connectivity by Country

Internet traffic through mobile network providers on devices such as smartphones and tablets has increased by 55 percent since last year.

The fastest mobile connection speeds, on average, are in the United Kingdom (23.1 Mbps), Belgium (21.1 Mbps) Cyprus* (20 Mbps), Switzerland* (19.3 Mbps) and Germany (17 Mbps).

The slowest mobile connection speeds, on average, are in Venezuela (2.2 Mbps), Vietnam (2.8 Mbps), Ecuador* (2.8 Mbps), Argentina (2.8 Mbps) and Panama* (2.9 Mbps).

Note: An * indicates that fewer than 25,000 unique IPv4 addresses classified as mobile were observed.

Comparison of Mobile Connectivity vs. All Internet Access

The difference between mobile speeds and all Internet speeds can vary significantly in some countries. In the U.K., for example, the top speeds on mobile data average 23.1 Mbps, but the total average speeds are 15 Mbps. That means mobile speeds are 8.1 Mbps faster than all internet access speeds.

Another country that has a stark difference between mobile connectivity speeds and all internet access, but in the opposite direction, is South Korea. Its total average speeds are 27 Mbps, much higher than the mobile network speeds of 11.1 Mbps.

Fastest-Growing Internet Speeds

Qatar, Egypt, Indonesia and Kenya all had average Internet speeds that increased more than 100 percent since the previous year. Notably, Kenya’s internet speeds increased by nearly 300 percent.

The Internet speed growth rates for the 10 fastest-growing countries are:

  • Kenya             297%
  • Indonesia     148%
  • Egypt              110%
  • Qatar               101%
  • Iran                 87%
  • South Africa   71%
  • Thailand          63%
  • Vietnam           58%
  • Morocco         58%
  • Saudi Arabia    57%

 

2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Egypt 389 528 658 709 1,133 1,050 1,248 1,686 2,827 2,000
Indonesia 905 1,106 884 619 719 1,530 2,378 2,163 5,877 7,200
Iran 689 845 462 504 658 629 1,331 1,885 3,632 4,700
Kenya 347 342 371 469 543 795 1,873 1,830 10,245 12,200
Morocco 1,962 1,584 1,654 1,494 1,139 1,910 2,322 2,902 4,636 5,200
Qatar 867 1,412 1,428 1,683 1,647 2,118 3,208 6,919 11,093 13,700
Saudi Arabia 1,365 1,541 2,209 2,034 2,273 2,034 3,200 3,794 5,149 6,700
South Africa 1,120 1,203 1,121 1,481 1,828 2,166 2,603 3,323 6,178 6,700
Thailand 780 1,631 2,743 2,645 3,164 3,923 5,155 7,215 12,368 16,000
Vietnam 836 1,070 1,681 1,365 1,610 1,383 2,028 3,159 6,194 9,500

Sources:
http://blog.rottenwifi.com/countries-best-public-wifi/
https://www.ipass.com/wifi-growth-map/
https://content.akamai.com/PG7075-q2-2016-soti-connectivity-report.html
http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/SP.POP.TOTL
http://www.cnn.com/2010/TECH/03/31/broadband.south.korea/
https://www.akamai.com/us/en/our-thinking/state-of-the-internet-report/state-of-the-internet-connectivity-visualization.jsp

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Anat Hazanchuk

Anat is the Sr. Social Media Marketing Manager at Ooma. With over seven years of experience in Social Media, her early adoption of popular social media platforms allows her to stay one step ahead in the social media realm. Her experience, goal-oriented personality, and understanding of engagement and metrics lead her to create social media solutions that provide measurable results. Anat holds a BS in Marketing and a minor in Communications from Arizona State University.

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