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World Internet Speed Study 2009-2010, Comparision And Top 10 Rankings

The results of the second annual global study on the quality of broadband connections done at end of 2009 reveal that 62 out of the 66 countries analyzed had improved the quality of consumer broadband services since last year. However, new data from the study highlights the extent of the digital quality divide between urban and rural areas and, for the first time, compares the quality of fixed and mobile broadband services.

The 2009 research delivers new insight into who the global broadband leaders are by combining data for each country’s broadband penetration with a measure of the quality of broadband services actually experienced by its citizens. The study was conducted by a team of MBA students from the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford and the University of Oviedo’s Department of Applied Economics, and sponsored by Cisco.

 

World Broadband Internet<br />
connections speeds

 

Highlights / Key Facts:

  • Overall average broadband quality increased across the globe:
    • Global average download throughput increased by 49% to 4.75 Megabits per second (Mbps)
    • Global average upload throughput increased by 69% to 1.3 Mbps
    • Global average latency decreased by 21% to 170 milliseconds 
  • South Korea tops the 2009 Broadband Leadership table.
 

 

Broadband Penetration (% of households)

Broadband Quality Score 2009

Broadband Leadership 2009

1

South Korea

97%

66

139

2

Japan

64%

64

115

3

Hong Kong

99%

33

111

4

Sweden

69%

57

110

5

Switzerland

90%

40

108

6

Netherlands

83%

46

108

7

Singapore

96%

32

107

8

Luxembourg

99%

27

107

9

Denmark

82%

45

106

10

Norway

84%

38

102

 

  • South Korea rose just above last year's broadband quality leader Japan with a 72% improvement in its Broadband Quality Score (BQS). This improvement has been driven by continuous efforts by the government to strengthen the country’s position as one of the world’s ICT leaders. Combined with higher broadband penetration, South Korea rises above Japan in the global Broadband Leadership rankings.
  • Japan stands out as having the cities with the highest BQS in the world, with Yokohama and Nagoya leading the BQS rankings and Sapporo not far behind.
  • Sweden has the highest quality broadband in Europe. It is rapidly catching up with Japan and South Korea as its BQS improves 38% from 2008. Sweden is the most successful country in closing the broadband quality gap with residents outside the most populated cities enjoying better quality than those in the cities.
  • Lithuania, Bulgaria and Latvia come just behind Sweden in quality boosted by recent city-based fibre rollouts and cable improvements but low broadband penetration means these countries have yet to break into the broadband leaders’ category.
  • 39 countries have a BQS above the threshold required to deliver a consistent quality of experience for the most common web applications today, such as social networking, streaming low-definition video, web communications and sharing small files such as photos and music.
  • Nine countries, South Korea, Japan, Sweden, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Latvia, The Netherlands, Denmark and Romania, were found to have the broadband quality required for future web applications, such as high definition Internet TV viewing and high-quality video communications (such as home telepresence) that will become mainstream in the next 3 to 5 years. In 2008, only Japan exceeded this threshold.
  • The research compares countries according to their stage of economic development :
    • Amongst the developed, innovation-driven economies, South Korea achieved the greatest improvement in broadband quality over the past year with a 73% increase in BQS. Sweden, the USA and the Czech Republic also saw significant above average improvements.
    • Amongst efficiency-driven economies, Bulgaria topped the most improved list with a 57% increase in BQS from 2009. Lithuania, Romania and Latvia also achieved above average improvements.
    • Amongst factor-driven economies, Kenya actually trebled its BQS but the overall score for Kenya remains well below the threshold required for today’s applications. Vietnam and Qatar followed Kenya as having made the most progress in broadband quality for countries in this stage of economic development.
  • The cities with the highest BQS of all the countries in the study were: 

Top 10 Cities

BQS

Next 10 Cities

BQS

Yokohama, Japan

85

Rotterdam, The Netherlands

55

Nagoya, Japan

82

Riga, Latvia

54

Kaunas, Lithuania

79

Copenhagen, Denmark

53

Sapporo, Japan

72

Bucharest, Romania

52

Seoul, South Korea

68

Stockholm, Sweden

51

Malmo, Sweden

67

Vilnius, Lithuania

50

Osaka, Japan

65

Zurich, Switzerland

49

Wuhan, China

60

Tokyo, Japan

49

Uppsala, Sweden

57

Goteborg, Sweden

49

Sofia, Bulgaria

56

Kosice, Slovakia

48

 

  • The research team compared the difference between the BQS in the most populated cities with the BQS in the rest of the country. Although a digital quality divide was found in the majority of countries, 13 countries showed significant differences in BQS between its major cities and the rest of the country. Lithuania, Russia and Latvia had the biggest digital quality divide, while rural residents in Sweden, United Arab Emirates and Iceland enjoyed similar, if not slightly higher quality broadband services than their city counterparts.
  • The country with the highest broadband quality outside of its major cities was Japan, followed by Korea and Sweden.
  • The study also included data on the quality of mobile broadband services for the first time. On average, mobile devices connecting to WiFi services meet the broadband quality threshold required for today’s mobile Internet applications. The average BQS of 3G and 3G+ technologies do not currently meet the threshold due to low upload throughput.

 

Comments

It helped a lot to finish my report in internet speeds.
Thank you.

South Korea and Japan always on top... and UK/USA nowhere in the top 10 list?
Anyway, good comparison.
Trend is like slowly services like HDTV/IPTV, streaming, online gaming will see growth.
Also, can somebody list what other services/next gen IP apps would get the advantage of increasing broadband speeds?
Thanks..