5 fastest Internet speeds by country
If you’ve got a need for speed then it’s advised you move to South Korea right now. Legions above the rest of the world when it comes to Internet speed, South Koreans enjoyed an average of 25.3 Mbps last year according to Akamai’s 2014 State of the Internet report. Want some perspective? The average in Australia is 6.9 Mbps. For shame. That’s all changing though, thanks to the rollout of the National Broadband Network (NBN).
But what was everyone searching for online? Here’s a list of the top 5 fastest Internet speeds by country, and what they were all Googling in 2014:
Average speed: 25.3Mbps
Google Search Trends: The top food search in South Korea was ‘Domino’s Pizza’. Here’s hoping the delivery time of their most loved food chain matches that of their Internet speed. The top movie search was for Snow Piercer, and topping the list for the most searched person was Olympian Kim Yuna. However, considering Google accounts for just 4% of searches in South Korea, these search trends aren’t entirely reflective of the country’s psyche.
Average speed: 16.3 Mbps
Google Search Trends: It seems that Hong Kong was abreast the top blockbusters for the year, with top movie searches including Interstellar and Gone Girl. They were also interested in the happenings of J-Law, and the death of the beloved comedian Robin Williams. iPhone 6 and HKTV were among the top searches also.
Average speed: 15.0
Google Search Trends: Interestingly, the most searched for websites in order were Yahoo, YouTube and Facebook. Yahoo. That’s like using Facebook to get to Bebo. The FIFA World Cup featured high in their most searched news, and it seems Dengue Fever is of concern to the Japanese, making mention in Google hot trends. Also it would seem that Pikachu is as popular as ever, coming in at #4 most searched characters.
Average Speed: 14.5
Google Search Trends: According to Google, Switzerland was busy schooling themselves on PayPal, sour cream and Ebola in 2014. Among the most searched International stars were Conchita Wurst and Jennifer Lawrence. And, like the rest of the world, they were busy anticipating the release of the iPhone 6.
Average speed: 14.1
Google Search Trends: It seems Sweden were on top of their trendy food game in 2014, with various ‘pulled’ meats and chia pudding ranking high on their top Googled foods list. They were also interested in the goings on of Conchita Wurst, as well as Sia who came in number 4 for top Googled artists.
And us slowpokes Down Under came in at #44 with our 6.9Mbps average. Our Google search trends reveal that we still need some pointers on how to kiss, twerk, and screenshot and that most of us needed a clearer definition of ‘love’. Among our top searches were Malaysia airlines, Iggy Azalea, Neknominate and Tinder. How very telling.
While we are currently positioned at 44 (below Slovakia and Romania among others), more than 93% of Australian homes will be connected to the NBN via a range of technologies from Fibre to the home FTTB, Fibre to the building FTTB, and Fibre to the Node FTTN HFC allowing access to speeds up to 100 megabits per second (which is 4 times quicker than the fastest ADSL2+ broadband currently available.).
The NBN is set to drastically advance the way Australians access the Internet, with lightning-fast fiber-optic, fixed wireless and satellite technology with a change to a multi technology mix to be made available in the near future. Our prediction for most Google-searched term in Australia, 2015? iiNet NBN.
Don’t forget to get on the iiNet NBN Waitlist. We’ll keep you up to speed on the NBN, and let you know when it’s available at your address.