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South Korea remains fastest mobile data country

Almost 90 countries have been ranked by their average mobile data download speeds, as part of an annual global survey by OpenSignal - an independent authority on mobile networks.

Mobile users in South Korea continue to enjoy the fastest 3G and 4G services with an average download speed of 37.54 Mbps, which represents a slight slip on the 41.3 Mbps recorded in last year’s report.

Completing the top five were Norway (34.77 Mbps), Hungary (31.04 Mbps), Singapore (30.05 Mbps) and Australia (26.25 Mbps).

Right at the bottom of the table was Costa Rica, with a meagre 2.69 Mbps, followed by the Philippines (3.33 Mbps), Venezuela (3.45 Mbps), Sri Lanka (3.96 Mbps) and Pakistan (3.98 Mbps).

If you were wondering where the United Kingdom fits in all this, we appeared 26th with 15.13 Mbps. That isn’t terrible but not great when countries like Slovakia, Latvia, Estonia and Bulgaria all ranked higher than the UK. Still, it’s better than North America’s 34th place (12.48 Mbps).

It is widely accepted that South Korea is home to the world’s fastest internet connections too, followed by Sweden, Norway, Japan and the Netherlands.

Top ten shuffle

OpenSignal’s findings suggested that East Asia and Northern Europe were still dominant when it came to delivering the fastest average mobile speeds.

The top ten countries from 2015’s report retained their top ten status, but the order had been rejigged since the last annual report.

Additionally, the fastest countries were gaining speed as more countries provided average speeds in excess of 21 Mbps with the Netherlands, Sweden and Hungary joining Asian powerhouses South Korea, Japan and Australia in the over 21 Mbps club.

The research also found that Wi-Fi’s importance as a mobile data technology hadn’t waned, as 4G’s reach and speed continued to grow around the world.

Mobile users in the Netherlands, China and Germany spent the most time connected to Wi-Fi networks rather than their cellular networks; the UK ranked seventh in this respect.

A statement from OpenSignal noted a steady increase in average overall mobile data speeds globally, but also a continued reliance on Wi-Fi networks as a supplemental means of accessing the mobile internet.

“We may be in the 4G age, but, as always, consumers are using a multitude of wireless technologies,” the company said.

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