Chuck Lukaszewski, CWNE #112 – Chuck is Vice President, Wireless Strategy & Standards in the CTO Office at Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company. His responsibilities include driving roadmap & vision around future wireless products and services, and he leads the team that represents HPE in various wireless standards bodies and spectrum regulatory fora. Chuck has been engineering and deploying large-scale 802.11 networks for over 13 years, joining Aruba in 2007. He has built Wi-Fi systems in hospitals, warehouses, seaports, rail yards, manufacturing plants, arenas, stadiums and other complex RF environments. At Aruba, he led the company’s global Customer Engineering team for six years before joining the CTO organization in 2013. He is the author of six books and design guides including Very High-Density 802.11ac Networks and Outdoor MIMO Wireless Networks.
This is a guest article from Lewis Parrot of CoWorker.com. You can find out more about Lewis by checking out their site http://www.coworker.com
When analyzing the improvement of internet speeds in recent quarters, 2018 was mostly a good year. On a global scale, both download and upload speeds have increased on fixed broadband and mobile. With gigabit services continuing to expand and 5G on the horizon, the internet is an undeniable driving force of every country’s economy and a basic component of modern life.
Trends in internet speeds typically reflect a country’s political system and the state of its technological progress. For example, countries with the highest speeds are leaders in innovation and personal liberties, whereas lower speeds denote poor internet infrastructure and, in some cases, a violation of civil liberties (with censorship and government surveillance impacting equipment efficiency).
Before we explore the world’s fastest and slowest speeds, let’s first examine the way speed is calculated and measured.
How internet speed is measured
Internet speed, which refers to the speed in which data or content travels from the World Wide Web to your computer or mobile device, is measured in Megabits per second (Mbps).
There are two main types of speeds that are taken into account when calculating a country’s average internet speed:
— Download speeds, or the time it takes for digital data to be transferred from the internet to your device
— Upload speeds, which refers to the rate in which digital data is transferred from your device to the Internet
The Nitty Gritty
To break the measurement Mbps down even further, one Megabit is equivalent to 1,024 Kilobits. This means one Megabit per second is 1,000 times faster than one Kilobit per second (Kbps). High-speed internet, better known as broadband (broad bandwidth) is defined by download speeds of at least 768 Kbps and upload speeds of at least 200 Kbps.
The fastest global speeds – March 2019
So, with these metrics in mind, it’s time to gauge which countries across the globe demonstrate the fastest and slowest internet speeds on average.
Based on data from the Speedtest Global Index, which ranks international mobile and fixed broadband speeds on a monthly basis, here are the top 15 countries in each category as of March 2019: