Korea slides down ranks for fixed internet speeds
Korea's internet speed rank has fallen to No. 7 in the world for fixed lines, but it's still No. 2 for mobile connections.
According to U.S.-based market tracker Ookla’s Speedtest Global Index, Korea ranked seventh in terms of fastest fixed broadband speeds as of July. The index is based on mean download speeds.
Korea ranked second in July 2019, and fell to fourth place last year.
This year, Monaco had the fastest broadband speed, followed by Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, Romania and Switzerland.
Despite its ranking slide, Korea still had a fast fixed broadband download speed of 212.83 megabits per second (Mbps) in July. That's 98 percent faster than the global average of 107.5 Mbps.
Korea is the only country to show up on both of this year's lists for top 10 countries with fastest fixed broadband and mobile internet speeds.
In terms of mobile internet speeds, Korea ranked second this year, the same as last year.
It had an average mobile download speed of 189.2 Mbps in July, 243.6 percent higher than the global average of 55.07 Mbps.
The United Arab Emirates ranked No. 1, with Qatar ranking No. 3. China ranked fourth and Cyprus fifth.
BY LEE TAE-HEE [firstname.lastname@example.org]
with the Korea JoongAng Daily
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