277w ago - A file that takes four minutes to download in South Korea would take nearly an hour and a half to download in the U.S. using the average bandwidth. Japanese users leaves U.S. users behind with an eye-popping 63.60 Mb/s download link.
This means that Japanese can download an entire movie in just two minutes, as opposed to two hours or more here in the U.S. Just in case you are wondering: No, Japanese users do not pay more for their broadband connections. In fact, U.S. broadband cost is among the highest in the world.
Japan dominates international broadband speed with a median download speed of approximately 63 Mb/s, more than enough to stream DVD-quality video with surround audio in real time. Next on the list is South Korea where download speeds achieve an average of 49.50 Mb/s.
Finland and France follow with 21.70 Mb/s and 17.60 Mb/s, respectively. Canada ranked eighth with an average download speed of 7.60 Mb/s. The U.S. came in 15th with 2.35 Mb/s.
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It REEEEAAAALLY frustrates the hell outa' me that we (America) invent ALOT of these fabulous technologies....and then when do little to improve upon them. The Auto industry is another shining example of this point. America introduced not only the Automobile, but with it, the entire process/concept of the ASSEMBLY LINE/MASS PRODUCTION, and now we are out performed by foreign, future-thinking markets!!!!
But alas, I admit that this is the beauty of my complaint: the inherent ability of mankind to evolve and improve upon already existing ideas!!!! (Now if we could just learn to prioritize progress juxtaposed to "personal pride" mankind could advance exponentially!!!)
I get 10Mbit internet and phone for about ~$40 a month, which isn't bad. Before that, I got 6Mbit for ~55$ a month. These speeds aren't great, but not bad either. The thing that scares me though is that you hear about this metered bandwidth crap that time warner cable is doing and the bittorrrent throttling and bandwidth caps of comcast. You would think we should be entitled to at least as good an internet experience as we had 8 years ago (especially considering how far everything else in the tech sector has advanced), but the ISPs with their monopolies see an opportunity to gouge and they plan to take it, even if it means a loss to everyone else.