The History of Internet
The original assembly of the ‘internet’ was started in 1983, and it came to being in the form that we are familiar with, only in the year 1990. This happened as Tim Berners-Lee invented the ‘World Wide Web’. The twist is internet existed since the Vietnam War era – 1969 to be precise. This was way before the first PC was patented by Bill Gates. In 1969, the first ever instant message was sent by a team of defence engineers from the University of Los Angeles-California (UCLA) to Stanford University.
The Internet Speed
The internet has changed a lot since its days of simple, military-only data system to a planet-wide grid. As it got universal acceptance and more people got connected, the internet’s speed was also calibrated accordingly. Therefore, there will be hell-heaven difference between any two points in the timeline of internet.
Case in point, the difference in global average internet speed* between 2017 and 2018 provides a stark contrast. Speed tests confirm that there has been an upsurge of more than 23% in the internet speed, as measured by over 160 million individual speed tests. 2017 reported an average internet speed of about 7.5 MBPS, which, in 2018, has bumped up to 9.1 MBPS.
New Speed Hikes
Huge internet speed hike is not a surprise to us. With the introduction of 4G connectivity back in 2016, the internet speed has been constantly going up. Now, with talks of a 5G network to be introduced by 2019, we can expect another new milestone in global internet speed. Not only in the mobile data sector but with the introduction of Google Fibre to the public sectors, pundits are now of the conviction that cable companies might actually be out of business and global internet speed will reach a high that will cross every human expectation.
Since all of these new speed hikes are due in the near future, we shall discuss something that is pertinent to the present date. If you are an internet user, and you find these new speed hikes interesting, we bet you will be interested in knowing whether your country is in the list of top countries with the fastest internet. Now, there is no need to Google it!
We will give you a detailed account of the top five countries with the fastest internet speed in the world:
Now, if you find the inclusion of Romania in the list surprising. Romania has proved that it is as connected to the rest of the world as any other ‘modern’ country. In fact, with an average internet speed of 97.70 Mbps in 2018, Romania ranks higher than the USA and many European countries. However, there is a plenty of room for development in terms of mobile internet speed. Romania has a download speed of 30.19 Mbps and an upload speed of 11.70 Mbps.
4. South Korea:
Competitive gaming is seen as a national sport in South Korea. Therefore, to support a fierce competitive gaming market, a blazing fast internet is an absolute necessity. South Korea’s internet speed doesn’t disappoint, clocking up to 108.89 Mbps on average and a record speed of 126.72 Mbps in August.
It is only natural and expected to find one Nordic country to make it to the top 5 list. Almost all the Nordic countries like Finland, Denmark, Sweden, have astonishingly fast internet speed, but Iceland, in 2018, is ahead of the curve with a speed of 134.80 Mbps. Interestingly, from 2007 to 2017, Iceland’s internet averaged 7776.3 Kbps and it reached a record speed of 17458.80 Kbps in 2016’s first quarter.
2. Hong Kong:
Over the past couple of years, Hong Kong has established itself as one of the major contenders for the top spot for having arguably one of the fastest internet speed counts in the world. Hong Kong is a giant in terms of the telecommunication industry. Hong Kong’s telecommunication empire is supported by the internet speed of an astonishing 137.40 Mbps.
A very popular name among the tourists, Singapore boasts of having the fastest internet connectivity in the world, for 2018. It has a recorded a mind-numbing speed of 148.62 Mbps throughout. It has broken its own record achieving a speed of 156.67 Mbps in September 2017.
Singapore, therefore, is crowned the clear winner having beaten Hong Kong’s internet speed by a margin of 10 Mbps.
Do not lose heart if your country is not listed here. Remember, your internet is fast enough, and that is why you are able to even read this! In essence, the most essential contribution of this ubiquitous technology aka ‘internet’ is the seamless connectivity with millions of earthlings throughout the planet. Stephen Hawking had quoted, quite appropriately, “We are all now connected by the internet, like neurons in a giant brain.”