And the winner is (drum roll please): South Korea!
A new study from content delivery service, Pando Networks, has found that South Korea has the fastest download speed, averaging 17.62 megabytes/second. They came to their conclusion through sampling 35 petabytes — equivalent to 35 million gigabytes — of data from 27 million downloads and 224 countries.
South Korea might not be such a surprise coming in at numero uno, but the other four are a touch on the unexpected side. Romania has the second fastest Internet speeds in the world at an average of 15.27 Mbps while Bulgaria, Lithuania and Latvia round off the top five. Eastern Europe for the win!
Most of the slowest countries in the Pando list are in Africa where broadband access is not as prevalent as countries on other continents. The dubious title of “world’s slowest Internet” goes to the Congo which averages only 13 kilabytes/second. Reminds us of the good ol’ dial-up days.
Seocho, a “gu” in Seoul, South Korea, boasted the fastest Internet speeds in the world at 33 Mbps.
Some very cool info indeed! But it would be even cooler in infographic form and it looks like Pando Networks felt the same way:

Courtesy of Mashable/Pando Networks

How does Canada stack up? We couldn’t find the stats on the Pando Networks site, but we didn’t have to go wild Googling before we found some reliable info.

According to a recent article on the CBC’s website Rogers advertises packages with a speed of up to 50 Mbps while Bell and Telus advertise top speeds of up to 25 Mbps. The key words there are “up to” meaning the advertised speeds are often much faster than actual speeds.

The CRTC reports that more than 80 per cent of Canadian households have access to download speeds of at least 5 Mbps or higher.

While these speeds were the stuff dreams were made off back in the 56k dial-up days, but nowadays Seoul is making our Internet speed seem archaic in comparison.

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