As we become vastly more reliant on the internet, speed has become ever more important. In fact, in 2017 the world’s internet speeds increased by 30% according to Speedtest. You may be wondering how exactly that’s measured and what areas worldwide have the fastest internet.
Internet speed is measured in megabits per second, or MBPS. The greater the MBPS the faster you are able to download and use data across a variety of platforms, including your laptop, tablet and mobile phone. There are many different factors that contribute to your internet speed. The type of internet connection you are using, the capabilities of the site you are accessing and the number of people using your connection are all examples of what can slow down your speed.
Naturally, there are areas in the world with faster internet speeds than others. Even remote areas of the world are able to have internet speeds rivaling those of large cities. Here are the current top 10 cities with the fastest internet speeds in the world according to Wifi Map:
- Fresno, California: 104 MBPS
2. Jeju Island, South Korea: 99 MBPS
3. Chattanooga, Tennessee: 78 MBPS
4. Bologna, Italy: 76 MBPS
5. Amalfi, Italy: 76 MBPS
6. Leeuwarden, Netherlands: 75 MBPS
7. Lelystad, Netherlands: 71 MBPS
8. Omaha, Nebraska: 70 MBPS
9. Kansas City, Missouri: 65 MBPS
10. Avignon, France: 62 MBPS
To put these numbers into perspective, Xfinity posted an article explaining that “High-speed Internet connection known as broadband (broad bandwidth) is defined by download speeds of at least 768 Kbps and upload speeds of at least 200 Kbps.” 1 MBPS is more than 1000 times faster than 1 KBPS, which means these areas are well above broadband high-speed expectations. This is particularly useful for digital nomads and freelancers looking to choose their next work destination.
Planning on making a trip to any of these destinations? Take full advantage of the fastest speeds with Wifi Map, giving you internet access in more places than ever before. Download our application on android or iOS today, or visit our site to learn more!