A brand new ‘Internet Accessibility Index’ ranks Denmark as probably the most linked nation, Burundi the least.
The index, from BroadbandChoices, seems at a spread of things to find out a nation’s connectivity rating together with obtain/add speeds, web entry share, affordability, cell protection, free WiFi hotspots, and extra.
|Overall prime 10||Overall backside 10|
|United States||162. Equatorial Guinea|
|Hong Kong||163. São Tomé & Príncipe|
|United Kingdom||165. Tanzania|
European international locations dominate the highest 10 quickest common web obtain speeds:
- Liechtenstein – 187.35 Mbit/s
- Denmark – 99.08 Mbit/s
- Switzerland – 95.26 Mbit/s
- Hong Kong – 81.63 Mbit/s
- Sweden – 71.56 Mbit/s
- Andorra – 67.78 Mbit/s
- Bermuda – 65.01 Mbit/s
- Luxembourg – 56.67 Mbit/s
- Netherlands – 54.56 Mbit/s
- Finland – 54.06 Mbit/s
Disappointingly, the US and UK fell down the rankings at 13th and 28th place respectively. The US’ common pace is 34.13 Mbit/s whereas the UK’s is simply 20.06 Mbit/s.
Prior to the pandemic, certainly one of British PM Boris Johnson’s key pledges was to offer the entire UK with full-fibre broadband by 2025. The present common speeds present each the sluggish progress within the rollout whereas additionally highlighting the necessity for sooner infrastructure.
However, issues are clearly extra dire on the different finish of the size. 30 international locations – predominantly in Sub-Saharan Africa – endure from obtain speeds of underneath 1 Mbit/s. Of course, these international locations are predominately reliant on cell connectivity.
Rob Baillie from BroadbandChoices commented:
“Our analysis exhibits a big divide in not simply the standard of web entry around the globe but in addition its inclusivity, with a big variety of individuals being priced out of the market – probably having large ramifications on training and employment prospects.
While there have been vital advances in communications know-how in recent times, extra must be accomplished to attach rural and economically challenged communities, nonetheless, doing so will seemingly require increased ranges of funding and extra innovation than we’re at the moment seeing.
Reliable and inexpensive web entry is important with a purpose to be aggressive in an more and more digital world financial system, and with the coronavirus pandemic solely rushing up the transfer in direction of digital industries, growing international locations are vulnerable to being left behind.”
Here are the 10 international locations with the most cost effective web ($ monthly):
- Ukraine – $7.2
- Russian Federation – $8.2
- Romania – $10.3
- Bhutan – $10.5
- Belarus – $11.0
- Iran – $11.0
- Kazakhstan – $11.5
- Moldova – $11.8
- Vietnam – $12.4
- Mongolia – $13.0
The US ranks 116th in web pricing with a mean of $60.4 monthly. The UK fares a bit higher in 65th place and a mean of $38.7 monthly. The most costly web goes to Mauritania at an eye-watering $773.2 monthly.
Four of the international locations with the most cost effective web (Ukraine, Russian Federation, Kazakhstan, and Vietnam) additionally rank within the prime 10 for least expensive per 1GB of cell information:
- India – $0.4
- Israel – $0.6
- Russian Federation – $0.7
- Sri Lanka – $0.8
- Kazakhstan – $0.9
- Kyrgyzstan – $1.0
- Denmark – $1.0
- Poland – $1.0
- Vietnam – $1.1
- Ukraine – $1.1
The US has among the many most costly cell information, rating 150th of the 169 international locations with a mean value of $9.6 per 1GB. The UK, for comparability, ranks 76th with a mean value of $3.4 per 1GB.
You can discover the total Internet Accessibility Index here.
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