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How Internet Speeds Vary Around The World | 5 Countries Compared

Broadband Internet speeds vary more than you might think. Some countries place a lot more emphasis on infrastructure development for Internet protocols than others – and you’ll be surprised to find out which. On the other hand, prominent countries, like the US, have much slower broadband Internet speeds than many others. Further, test after test shows that the actual speed a country is said to have is often much higher than its actual average speeds. Let’s take a look at 5 countries’ broadband Internet connectivity speeds and compare them.

Broadband Internet speeds around the world:

United Kingdom

Advertised speeds from broadband Internet providers in the UK are about 10Mbps. That may be the actual speeds generated by a few providers, but not nearly all of them. It is estimated by the user-created data at to be more like 4Mbps to 5Mbps on average. Continuing developments in technologies, and in the UK infrastructure, promise brighter days soon; with broadband Internet speeds of up to 24Mbps (advertised anyway).


In Australia, broadband Internet service speeds are improving, yet they still have a long way to go. UK, US and especially Asian broadband providers are quite a bit faster. On a worldwide scale, Australia ranked about 30th in terms of average broadband Internet connectivity speeds. Not so good, but you can’t keep the Aussies down for long! Currently, the average broadband connection speed in Australia is about 3.5Mbps – you can click here to visit iiNet right now.


The French advertise an average broadband Internet speed of 44Mbps. The actual speeds are, of course, a lot slower, but by how much is still unclear. Early user reports from are coming in at roughly 4.5Mbps, but that is believed to be low. ADSL2+ technologies are already offered in France and should be able to deliver up to 28Mbps speeds. Fiber-based broadband Internet services in France cost consumers about 30 euros each month.

United States

According to the OECD, the average broadband speed in the US in 8Mbps. Actual user generated data shows it to be about half of that: 4.52Mbps. Cable is the main supplier of broadband signals in the US. Fiber-based providers are beginning to emerge, mainly on the east coast. You’ll find advertisements offering broadband service between 5 and 28 Mbps. But of course, actual speeds depend on a variety of factors.


Japan tops the list of broadband connectivity speeds. The OECD states that Japan generates average connectivity speeds of 93Mbps. Users at are generating data that shows it to be more like 11Mbps. Fiber-based Internet services most Japanese homes and businesses.

Other Asian countries, like South Korea for instance, also have super-fast broadband Internet connectivity speeds when compared with the rest of the world. There are loads of variables that make this so, but mainly, it’s because the Asian countries have a more fibre-based infrastructure in place. All countries want faster broadband Internet connectivity; it’s just going to take more time for everyone to upgrade their infrastructures to accommodate it.