The Internet has not spread around the globe equally. Just as each country has its own economic policy, each one’s relationship with technology also affects how it stands in comparison to neighboring nations, Ooma reports
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.
There are currently 189 million public Wi-Fi hotspots worldwide. That’s 888% growth since 2013. But these hotspots are not distributed equally.
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Below are the number of people per hotspot in each 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 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.
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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.
Qatar, Egypt, Indonesia and Kenya all had average Internet speeds that increased more than 100% since the previous year. Notably, Kenya’s Internet speeds increased by nearly 300%.