Singapore has fastest broadband service in the world

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Singapore is topping a new global ranking on Internet speeds with an average download speed of 55.13Mbps, which means that a 7.5 GB high definition movie needs just 18 minutes and 34 seconds to find its way to a user’s hard disc.

In comparison, the country with the slowest Internet speed in Southeast Asia, Laos, the same download takes eight hours, 49 minutes and five seconds.

The study was carried out by M-Lab and ranked by Cable.co.uk, which took more than 63 million broadband speed tests. Data from Internet speed was collected over one year up to May 10 this year by M-Lab, a partnership between New America’s Open Technology Institute, Google Open Source Research, Princeton University’s PlanetLab, and other supporting partners, and then compiled by Cable.co.uk.

The five fastest countries have download speeds around 40 times faster than the five slowest. Behind Singapore, Sweden, Taiwan, Denmark and the Netherlands have the fastest broadband services worldwide.

On the lower end, Somalia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Burkina Faso, Gabon and Yemen, have the slowest Internet services. In Yemen, the above mentioned HD movie download would take more than two days.

Among Southeast Asian countries, Thailand has the second fastest average Internet speed with 6.85Mbps, followed by Malaysia (6.69Mbps), Vietnam (5.46Mbps), Indonesia (5.19Mbps), Philippines (3.69Mbps) Cambodia (3.1Mbps), Myanmar (2.09Mbps) and Laos (1.94Mbps).

The study also found that broadband speeds in Thailand are faster than in the UK, France, Australia, New Zealand, Israel and China.

Overall, 20 of the top 30 fastest-performing countries are located in Europe, with seven in Asia, two in North America (US and Canada) and one in Oceania (New Zealand).

By contrast, 17 of the 30 slowest-performing countries are located in Africa, with seven in Asia, six in South America and one in Oceania (Vanuatu).

A whopping 139 countries failed to achieve average speeds above 10Mbps, a speed deemed by UK’s telecoms watchdog Ofcom to be the minimum required to cope with the needs of a typical family or small business.

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Singapore is topping a new global ranking on Internet speeds with an average download speed of 55.13Mbps, which means that a 7.5 GB high definition movie needs just 18 minutes and 34 seconds to find its way to a user’s hard disc.

Reading Time: 2 minutes

Singapore is topping a new global ranking on Internet speeds with an average download speed of 55.13Mbps, which means that a 7.5 GB high definition movie needs just 18 minutes and 34 seconds to find its way to a user’s hard disc.

In comparison, the country with the slowest Internet speed in Southeast Asia, Laos, the same download takes eight hours, 49 minutes and five seconds.

The study was carried out by M-Lab and ranked by Cable.co.uk, which took more than 63 million broadband speed tests. Data from Internet speed was collected over one year up to May 10 this year by M-Lab, a partnership between New America’s Open Technology Institute, Google Open Source Research, Princeton University’s PlanetLab, and other supporting partners, and then compiled by Cable.co.uk.

The five fastest countries have download speeds around 40 times faster than the five slowest. Behind Singapore, Sweden, Taiwan, Denmark and the Netherlands have the fastest broadband services worldwide.

On the lower end, Somalia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Burkina Faso, Gabon and Yemen, have the slowest Internet services. In Yemen, the above mentioned HD movie download would take more than two days.

Among Southeast Asian countries, Thailand has the second fastest average Internet speed with 6.85Mbps, followed by Malaysia (6.69Mbps), Vietnam (5.46Mbps), Indonesia (5.19Mbps), Philippines (3.69Mbps) Cambodia (3.1Mbps), Myanmar (2.09Mbps) and Laos (1.94Mbps).

The study also found that broadband speeds in Thailand are faster than in the UK, France, Australia, New Zealand, Israel and China.

Overall, 20 of the top 30 fastest-performing countries are located in Europe, with seven in Asia, two in North America (US and Canada) and one in Oceania (New Zealand).

By contrast, 17 of the 30 slowest-performing countries are located in Africa, with seven in Asia, six in South America and one in Oceania (Vanuatu).

A whopping 139 countries failed to achieve average speeds above 10Mbps, a speed deemed by UK’s telecoms watchdog Ofcom to be the minimum required to cope with the needs of a typical family or small business.

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