Countries with the highest average internet connection speed as of 4th quarter 2016 (in Mbps)

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Average connection speed in Mbps
South Korea26.1
Norway23.6
Sweden22.8
Hong Kong21.9
Switzerland21.2
Denmark20.7
Finland20.6
Singapore20.2
Japan19.6
Netherlands17.6
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The statistic shows the countries with the highest average internet connection speed during the fourth quarter of 2016, measured in Megabits per second. During that quarter, IPv4 internet connections in Norway averaged a connection speed of 23.6 Mbps. The global average IPv4 connection speed was 7 Mbps.


Average connection speeds are higher in developed Asian countries; South Korea leads with an average connection speed of 27 Mbps. This is a growth of more than 17 percent to the first quarter of the previous year.

The U.S. states with the highest average internet connection speed include Delaware, District of Columbia and Utah, with first-ranking D.C. having an average connection speed of some 24 Mbps.

That same year, 68 percent of internet users in South Korea enjoyed a connection speed of over 10 Mbps, which is classed as high broadband connectivity. Next in the 10 Mbps broadband adoption rate ranking are Switzerland and the Netherlands with 61 and 60 percent of high broadband connectivity. Both the Netherlands and Switzerland's relatively small size combined with their wealth are a significant factor in terms of telecommunications infrastructure upgrades.

Up until the beginning of 2014, average connection speeds worldwide were under 4 Mbps and by the fourth quarter of 2016, global connection speed averaged at 7 Mbps.

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