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20 best Internet broadband providers in the world

November 14, 2013 08:32 IST

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While there are many Internet broadband providers in the world, only a few offer high speed without costing a fortune.

Let's take a look at 20 top Internet service providers in the world.

Source: New America Foundation

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Image: A Wi-Fi-enabled phone booth in New York City.
Photographs: Keith Bedford/Reuters

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Seoul

Country: South Korea

ISP: HelloVision

Price: $36.31

Download speed: 1,000 Mbps

Upload speed: 1,000 Mbps

Network technology: Fibre

Overall rank: 1

Seoul, one of the most technologically advanced cities in the world, enjoys speeds of up to 1,000 Mbps.

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Image: A subway station in the Gangnam area of Seoul, South Korea.
Photographs: Lee Jae-Won/Reuters

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Tokyo

Country: Japan

ISP: NTT East

Price: $30.47

Download speed: 100 Mbps

Upload speed: 100 Mbps

Network technology: Fibre

Overall rank: 2

Tokyo, one of the most developed cities in the world, enjoys both high upload and download speeds.

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Image: Pedestrians walk across a zebra crossing in Tokyo, Japan.
Photographs: Stringer/Reuters

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San Francisco

Country: United States

ISP: Webpass

Price: $37.50

Download speed: 100 Mbps

Upload speed: 100 Mbps

Network technology: Fibre

Overall rank: 3

San Francisco, a city that is closely connected to tech giants, enjoys both high upload and download speeds.

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Image: A view of the Dolores Park with the skyline of San Francisco, California, United States.
Photographs: Robert Galbraith/Reuters

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Hong Kong

Country: Hong Kong

ISP: Hong Kong Broadband Network Limited

Price: $40.38

Download speed: 100 Mbps

Upload speed: 100 Mbps

Network technology: Fibre

Overall rank: 4

Hong Kong, one of the major financial centres in the world, has an extensive network of fibre cables.

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Image: A tram passes a giant Louis Vuitton steamer trunk wrapping the exterior of a shopping mall at Hong Kong's Central Business District.
Photographs: Kin Cheung/Reuters

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Paris

Country: France

ISP: Orange

Price: $39.42

Download speed: 100 Mbps

Upload speed: 50 Mbps

Network technology: Fibre

Overall rank: 5

Paris, one of the richest cities in the world, has an ISP that offers 50 Mbps upload speed.

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Image: People walk past the Printemps department store in Paris, France.
Photographs: Charles Platiau/Reuters

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Riga

Country: Latvia

ISP: Balti-Com

Price: $27.25

Download speed: 100 Mbps

Upload speed: 20 Mbps

Network technology: Cable

Overall rank: 6

Riga, the capital of Latvia, has an ISP that offers 20 Mbps upload speed.

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Image: Women look at shoes in a shopping centre in Riga, Latvia.
Photographs: Ints Kalnins/Reuters

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Bucharest

Country: Romania

ISP: Madnet

Price: $32.05

Download speed: 80 Mbps

Upload speed: N/A

Network technology: Fibre

Overall rank: 7

Bucharest, the capital of Romania, has an ISP that offers 80 Mbps download speed.

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Image: Tourists take pictures of the Gate of the Kiss, a marble sculpture made by Constantin Brancusi, in Targu Jiu, 300km west of Bucharest, Romania.
Photographs: Radu Sigheti/Reuters

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Dublin

Country: Ireland

ISP: Vodafone Ireland

Price: $36.59

Download speed: 70 Mbps

Upload speed: 20 Mbps

Network technology: Fibre

Overall rank: 8

Dublin, the capital of Ireland, has an ISP that offers 70 Mbps download speed.

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Image: A man cycles past posters in central Dublin, Ireland.
Photographs: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

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Prague

Country: Czech Republic

ISP: UPC

Price: $38.32

Download speed: 60 Mbps

Upload speed: 6 Mbps

Network technology: Cable

Overall rank: 9

Prague, the capital of Czech Republic, has an ISP that offers 60 Mbps download speed.

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Image: People enjoy the view during a warm spring day at Letna plain above central Prague, Czech Republic.
Photographs: David W Cerny/Reuters

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New York

Country: United States

ISP: RCN

Price: $34.99

Download speed: 50 Mbps

Upload speed: 6 Mbps

Network technology: Fibre

Overall rank: 10

New York, the financial capital of the United States, has an ISP that offers 50 Mbps download speed.

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Image: A visitor leaps beneath the Statue of Liberty at Liberty Island in New York, United States.
Photographs: Mike Segar/Reuters

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Washington, DC

Country: United States

ISP: RCN

Price: $39.99

Download speed: 50 Mbps

Upload speed: 6 Mbps

Network technology: Cable

Overall rank: 11

Washington, DC, the capital of the United States, has an ISP that offers 50 Mbps download speed.

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Image: Tourists visit the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC, United States.
Photographs: Mike Theiler/Reuters

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Amsterdam

Country: The Netherlands

ISP: Telfort

Price: $31.33

Download speed: 50 Mbps

Upload speed: 5 Mbps

Network technology: N/A

Overall rank: 12

Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, has an ISP that offers 50 Mbps download speed.

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Image: Two-year-old Luna and her aunt hold a banner at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, the Netherlands. They created the banner using a banner machine which was designed by the Amsterdam company BannerXpress Ltd. Schiphol Airport is the first airport in the world with a banner device.
Photographs: Paul Vreeker/United Photos/Reuters

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Copenhagen

Country: Denmark

ISP: YouSee

Price: $38.63

Download speed: 50 Mbps

Upload speed: 5 Mbps

Network technology: Cable

Overall rank: 13

Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, has an ISP that offers 50 Mbps download speed.

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Image: Christina Klarskov Pedersen waits for her flight to Spain after volcanic ash from an Icelandic volcano closed Copenhagen's Kastrup Airport, Denmark.
Photographs: Bob Strong/Reuters

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Berlin

Country: Germany

ISP: O2

Price: $37.95

Download speed: 50 Mbps

Upload speed: N/A

Network technology: DSL

Overall rank: 14

Berlin, the capital of Germany, has an ISP that offers 50 Mbps download speed on DSL.

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Image: A man watches chocolate bunnies for Easter at a shop of Fassbender & Rausch chocolate maker at Berlin's Gendarmenmarkt square, Germany.
Photographs: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

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Toronto

Country: Canada

ISP: Acanac

Price: $35.73

Download speed: 35 Mbps

Upload speed: 3 Mbps

Network technology: Cable

Overall rank: 15

Toronto, one of the biggest cities in Canada, has an ISP that offers 35 Mbps download speed.

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Image: A view of Toronto's theatre district, Canada.
Photographs: Mike Cassese/Reuters

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Bristol

Country: United States

ISP: Charter

Price: $37.49

Download speed: 30 Mbps

Upload speed: 4 Mbps

Network technology: Cable

Overall rank: 16

Bristol, which has a population of 17,835, has an ISP that offers 30 Mbps download speed.

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Image: A view of State Street, which seperates the twin cities of Bristol Virginia and Bristol Tennessee.
Photographs: Source, Wikipedia Commons

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Los Angeles

Country: United States

ISP: Charter

Price: $37.49

Download speed: 30 Mbps

Upload speed: 4 Mbps

Network technology: Cable

Overall rank: 17

Los Angeles, one of the biggest cities in the United States, has an ISP that offers 30 Mbps download speed.

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Image: A view of downtown Los Angeles, United States.
Photographs: Ho Old/Reuters

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Chattanooga

Country: United States

ISP: Comcast

Price: $39.99

Download speed: 25 Mbps

Upload speed: 5 Mbps

Network technology: Cable

Overall rank: 18

Chattanooga has an ISP that offers 25 Mbps download speed.

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Image: Overlooking the grandstand and finish area at the 2008 Head of the Hooch in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Photographs: Source, Lemcke/Wikipedia Commons

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London

Country: United Kingdom

ISP: PlusNet

Price: $31.05

Download speed: 17 Mbps

Upload speed: N/A

Network technology: DSL

Overall rank: 19

London, the capital of the United Kingdom, has an ISP that offers 17 Mbps download speed.

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Image: A racegoer struggles with her umbrella in strong winds on the fourth day at Royal Ascot, southwest of London, United Kingdom.
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Lafayette

Country: United States

ISP: LUS

Price: $34.95

Download speed: 15 Mbps

Upload speed: 5 Mbps

Network technology: Fibre

Overall rank: 20

Lafayette has an ISP that offers 15 Mbps download speed but charges nearly $35.

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Image: Lafayette Square neighbourhood in Los Angeles, United States.
Photographs: Source, Jengod/Wikipedia Commons

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