Surprise, surprise: U.S. broadband is slow. Really slow.
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. More PlayStation 3 News...
You lot are lucky, we get a maximum of 2mbs here and the cost is outrageous!! (I'm in a specific area in the UK and this is the best service available!).
Some lucky UK residents get up to around 24mbs though (maybe higher now). But the main thing is that it is "UP TO" (which VERY rarely means that is the speed they get!).
Hey i could start an ISP and advertise 'UP TO' 1gbs rates - doesn't mean i have to deliver that! (typical Rip of Britain attitude companies have!).
South Korea have the best rates from what i've heard - because the South Korean government had the insight to put into place a high quality optical phone network. The average user gets around 100mbs from what i've heard!
It's set to get a lot faster though, there are trials running now for super high speed connections of >10,000 times faster via "the Grid" (see http://hubpages.com/hub/Superfast-Internet-Coming-Soon-Via-the-Grid for instance or search for The Grid). There's the super fast satellite option too, can't remember where i saw that though.
It's set to get better for everyone - we all just have to be patient
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.