South Koreans have the best Internet speeds, USA lags behind China


According to a report by OpenSignal, which crowdsources readings from mobile networks in 95 countries, South Koreans enjoy the fastest Internet speeds in both cellular and Wi-Fi connections. They get to use up to 41.34Mbps connections on average, while Afghanistan, which is at the very bottom of the ranklist, manages 2.2Mbps. The USA averages 12.34Mbps, but lags behind Hungary (26.15Mbps), Lithuania (21.47Mbps), and China (17.95Mbps).

Wi-Fi proved the most popular type of connection on OpenSignal phones, and it's not surprising that wireless speeds tend to be faster than mobile networks in many areas. It's not uncommon for countries like Trinidad and Tobago, or Bosnia and Herzegovina to rank at the bottom end of mobile coverage and speed, but reside in the top five for time spent on Wi-Fi.

While Americans spend just over half their connected time on Wi-Fi, the Netherlands fares on the top, with users opting for wireless connections over 70% of the time – probably because of the country's great public Wi-Fi infrastructure. But, looking at the mobile side of things, the world will have a hard time catching up with South Korea. Oh well, how are those 5G networks coming along?

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16 Comments

1. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Guess it helps with censor-happy neighboring North Korea not hogging much bandwidth.

2. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1581; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Not sure if still true, but years ago the US lagged in Internet speeds simply because of the size of the country, many places just didn't have high speed Internet due to the cost of building the networks. With more square miles of land, more cables and towers are needed, so many places remained slow.

4. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

same problem with Canada, China, and Australia... (btw, since when Australia get that much internet speed? 25Mbps? :-/)

6. kerginaldo17 unregistered

China is bigger than USA.No excuses.

15. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

Yes there is. Telecoms sue to keep local governments from setting up their own infrastructure. It doesn't matter if they weren't going to expand into the area for years. The citizens are double hamstrung.

11. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The lesser speed is due to 80M users on a single network vs Korea who only has a population of 50M. Where likely less than 30M even have a phone.

3. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

check here for some nice interactive graphic about above stuffhttp://opensignal.com/reports/2016/08/global-state-of-the-mobile-network/

5. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

USA infrastructure is a third world country standard no surprised as long as their President is established by Wall Street. China on the other hand value innovation no matter how much you denied the article has proven the fact. USA lags behind China is not the matter of IF but WHEN!

10. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

You and PA and the writer of the source are just clueless. The whole country has 50M total population. How many have a phone? The USA has 350M users and based on just counting the 4 big carriers, that's is over 2/3rds of the country on them and the rest spread out. If you have 80M users on one telecom, its obvious it won't be as fast. I am willing to bet ANYONE here, if you reduced the users of VZW down to I/8th of 80M, VZW will be faster than them. I know because on VZW, I've gone to areas where there are less users and I've reach speeds near Comcast-like speed.

13. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Fact checking, China has more smartphone users than American and even combined with Canadian. You're lame excuses has failed to convinced

7. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

My country has a much lower average speed. According to this its better than USA? I highly doubt it

8. hemedans

Posts: 761; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

Nokia rules, All south Korean carrier use Nokia networks Infrastructure.

9. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

South Korea's telecoms don't have 80M+ users on their networks. They have 1/7th the population of the whole USA. It's only faster because they have no users. Flood the country with 250M+ more users and see what speeds you get with the network being clogged up with 80M users or more. The USA is not behind.

14. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

china... 3xUSA population and still 50%faster :v

12. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

As far as Wifi speed? I get roughly double that speed on Comcast.

16. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

We may lag behind China, but I'm sure we are number in price, yay we got a bronze medal.

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