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Countries with the best Internet speed in the world

Last updated on: November 8, 2012 08:32 IST

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The global average connection speed once again saw a solid quarter-over-quarter increase, growing 13 per cent to reach 3.0 Mbps, according to a recent study released by Akmai, an Internet content delivery network headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

However, quarterly changes were not as positive across the top 10 countries, with eight seeing lower average connection speeds than in the previous quarter.

Let's first take a look at countries that have the best Internet speed in the world and then at the Asia-Pacific, including India.

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Hong Kong

Second-quarter, 2012: 49.2 (peak Mbps)

Quarter-to-quarter change: -0.2 per cent

Year-to-year change: 11 per cent

Global rank: 1

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South Korea

Second-quarter, 2012: 46.9 (peak Mbps)

Quarter-to-quarter change: -1.9 per cent

Year-to-year change: 31 per cent

Global rank: 2

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Japan

Second-quarter, 2012: 40.5 (peak Mbps)

Quarter-to-quarter change: 2.4 per cent

Year-to-year change: 28 per cent

Global rank: 3

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Romania

Second-quarter, 2012: 38.6 (peak Mbps)

Quarter-to-quarter change: -0.6 per cent

Year-to-year change: 15 per cent

Global rank: 4

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Image: View of the Casa Poporului or House of the People, now the Parliament Palace, in downtown Bucharest.
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Latvia

Second-quarter, 2012: 33.5 (peak Mbps)

Quarter-to-quarter change: N/A per cent

Year-to-year change: 14 per cent

Global rank: 5

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Image: View of Riga's Old City in snow.
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Switzerland

Second-quarter, 2012: 29.9 (peak Mbps)

Quarter-to-quarter change: 4.3 per cent

Year-to-year change: 25 per cent

Global rank: 6

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Belgium

Second-quarter, 2012: 29.5 (peak Mbps)

Quarter-to-quarter change: 1.1 per cent

Year-to-year change: 10 per cent

Global rank: 7

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Singapore

Second-quarter, 2012: 28.3 (peak Mbps)

Quarter-to-quarter change: -1.1 per cent

Year-to-year change: 36 per cent

Global rank: 8

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Hungary

Second-quarter, 2012: 28.0 (peak Mbps)

Quarter-to-quarter change: 0.3 per cent

Year-to-year change: 15 per cent

Global rank: 9

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Bulgaria

Second-quarter, 2012: 27.9 (peak Mbps)

Quarter-to-quarter change: 1.7 per cent

Year-to-year change: 17 per cent

Global rank: 10

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The United States

Second-quarter, 2012: 27.1 (peak Mbps)

Quarter-to-quarter change: -5.4 per cent

Year-to-year change: 24 per cent

Global rank: 11

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South Korea

Second-quarter, 2012: 14.2 (peak Mbps)

Quarter-to-quarter change: -9.8 per cent

Year-to-year change: 2.9 per cent

Global rank: 1

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Japan

Second-quarter, 2012: 10.7 (average Mbps)

Quarter-to-quarter change: -1.6 per cent

Year-to-year change: 21 per cent

Global rank: 2

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Hong Kong

Second-quarter, 2012: 8.9 (average Mbps)

Quarter-to-quarter change: -4.1 per cent

Year-to-year change: -14 per cent

Global rank: 3

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Singapore

Second-quarter, 2012: 5.1 (average Mbps)

Quarter-to-quarter change: -2.4 per cent

Year-to-year change: 12 per cent

Global rank: 25

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Australia

Second-quarter, 2012: 4.4 (average Mbps)

Quarter-to-quarter change: 24 per cent

Year-to-year change: 25 per cent

Global rank: 39

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New Zealand

Second-quarter, 2012: 3.9 (average Mbps)

Quarter-to-quarter change: -0.3 per cent

Year-to-year change: 0.4 per cent

Global rank: 44

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Taiwan

Second-quarter, 2012: 3.7 (average Mbps)

Quarter-to-quarter change: -3.7 per cent

Year-to-year change: -9.9 per cent

Global rank: 46

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Thailand

Second-quarter, 2012: 3.1 (average Mbps)

Quarter-to-quarter change: -5.5 per cent

Year-to-year change: -1.1 per cent

Global rank: 50

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Malaysia

Second-quarter, 2012: 2.2 (average Mbps)

Quarter-to-quarter change: 7.4 per cent

Year-to-year change: 17 per cent

Global rank: 70

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Vietnam

Second-quarter, 2012: 1.6 (average Mbps)

Quarter-to-quarter change: -1.0 per cent

Year-to-year change: -15 per cent

Global rank: 94

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China

Second-quarter, 2012: 1.5 (average Mbps)

Quarter-to-quarter change: -0.5 per cent

Year-to-year change: 29 per cent

Global rank: 97

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The Philippines

Second-quarter, 2012: 1.2 (average Mbps)

Quarter-to-quarter change: 4.0 per cent

Year-to-year change: 1.7 per cent

Global rank: 109

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India

Second-quarter, 2012: 1.0 (average Mbps)

Quarter-to-quarter change: 4.6 per cent

Year-to-year change: 21 per cent

Global rank: 116

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Indonesia

Second-quarter, 2012: 0.8 (average Mbps)

Quarter-to-quarter change: 7.2 per cent

Year-to-year change: 20 per cent

Global rank: 127


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