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Who Has Fastest, Cheapest Internet in the World?

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 106 comments

Where should you go for ludicrous speed?

Despite how often we hear that the U.S. lags behind other countries in terms of internet speed (which is still true), the fastest internet in the world, according to a report from Akamai Technologies, is in Berkeley, California at an average speed of 18.7Mbps.

In fact, the second and third fastest internet offerings in the world are also in the U.S., in Chapel Hill, NC (average speed: 17.5Mbps) and Stanford, Calif. (average speed: 17.0Mbps) Of course, the obvious linkage there is that the internet is tied closely to those using the access granted by educational institutions with fast internet connections, clearly skewing the average upward.

When not including any of the U.S. cities with a major college in town, the list of fastest internet connected places moves over to Asia.

On a similar note, how would you like to get 1Gbps fiber for just $26? If you live in Hong Kong, that's a reality. Thanks to an offer from City Telecom, those living in Hong Kong can get 1Gbps fiber internet access for just HK$199, which is around US$26. Getting phone service with that is just another US$3, and TV will cost another US$6-12.

Of course, things are different in North America. Some select few in the U.S. will be graced by Google fiber, the search giant's 1Gbps experiment.

As for those in Canada, western ISP Shaw Communications has announced that it is testing 1Gbps fiber services in Calgary and Edmonton in Alberta and Vancouver, BC.

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    Anonymous , April 21, 2010 1:07 AM
    So how is 18.7Mbps the fastest in the world if you can get 1Gbps in Hong kong???
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    haunted one , April 21, 2010 1:37 AM
    I'm happy with my speed. REMOVE THE BANDWIDTH CAPS
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    mlopinto2k1 , April 21, 2010 12:58 AM
    This will be the new speed war. Kinda like when MB's turned into GB's in hard drives and Mhz into Ghz in CPU's. :bounce: 
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    Parsian , April 21, 2010 12:57 AM
    sweet that means SHAW's monopoly is going to be even better with 1Gbps
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    mlopinto2k1 , April 21, 2010 12:58 AM
    This will be the new speed war. Kinda like when MB's turned into GB's in hard drives and Mhz into Ghz in CPU's. :bounce: 
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    gekko668 , April 21, 2010 1:03 AM
    I guess those cities list above have the several competition companies, therefore have the highest average speed rating.
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    buckcm , April 21, 2010 1:05 AM
    SSDs would sell a lot better if everyone had 1 gbps internet. If Comcast offers these speeds ever, we'll be able to use all 500 GB of cap space in a little over an hour.
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    RazberyBandit , April 21, 2010 1:06 AM
    High school gamers! If you want a fast internet connection, enroll at Duke, Stanford, or Cal Berkeley and get your frag on!
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    Anonymous , April 21, 2010 1:07 AM
    aliens
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    Anonymous , April 21, 2010 1:07 AM
    So how is 18.7Mbps the fastest in the world if you can get 1Gbps in Hong kong???
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    blackbyron , April 21, 2010 1:08 AM
    damn for 1 GBPS of this, I'm would host a dedicated server for 64 slots lol.
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    scifiguy , April 21, 2010 1:08 AM
    Thats weird, I have 1 Gbps fiber at work. And it is NOT an educational institute.
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    XD_dued , April 21, 2010 1:23 AM
    Hmmm...i have 8mbit/s :( 
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    zaam , April 21, 2010 1:26 AM
    That's it. I'm switching to Shaw.
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    Anonymous , April 21, 2010 1:32 AM
    22mbit/s here in Russia/Moscow for $30, 100mbit/s for $57
    WiMAX up to 10.4mbit/s wireless for $30 per month anywhere in five largest cities
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    haunted one , April 21, 2010 1:37 AM
    I'm happy with my speed. REMOVE THE BANDWIDTH CAPS
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    jsc , April 21, 2010 1:38 AM
    Saudi Arabia - 1 mbit/sec for about the equivalent of $60 a month.
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    acecombat , April 21, 2010 1:45 AM
    And for those who complain about speeds in the US, come to Australia where most areas only have up to 1.5mb at ridiculous prices (about $55USD for 20gb)
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    TidalWaveOne , April 21, 2010 1:55 AM
    18.7Mbps? I have 35Mbps!
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    fflam , April 21, 2010 2:01 AM
    i wonder how much user choice lowers the speed totals. here in the greater Seattle area Comcast offers 12mb, 16mb, 22mb and 50mb internet connections. there are 2 competitors one quest offers a 1.5mb dsl, and the other is clear (WiFi) witch is around the same (though i think they are speeding up soon). there are still alot of people that go with the slower internet (at around the same price as Comcast mind you) for what ever reason (not arguing the reason they chose who they chose). so how much does that chose skew the results of the survey.

    also i noticed on the akamai website, it shows the top speed for Redmond at 5mb, and there visual graph starts to top out at 2mb.. numbers just look screwy to me.
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    rdawise , April 21, 2010 2:05 AM
    RazberyBanditHigh school gamers! If you want a fast internet connection, enroll at Duke, Stanford, or Cal Berkeley and get your frag on!


    You mean UNC Chapel Hill. Duke is in Durham, NC.
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    7amood , April 21, 2010 2:11 AM
    I have 20GB cap with up to 2mbps (depending on network availability) for 85$

    welcome to bahrain
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