The REAL connection speeds for Internet users – Philippines Top 10 from the bottom

Average connection speeds

Before we go on to see how each country???s connection speeds are distributed, let???s look at the average connection speed for each country.

As we mentioned before, the number you see within parenthesis next to each country is its worldwide rank in terms of Internet users, i.e. its size on the Internet. The chart is sorted by the average connection speed.

Average Internet connection speeds for 50 countries

Some observations:

  • South Korea, as is well known, is something of an Internet speed king, and that???s made abundantly clear in this chart. At an average connection speed of almost 17 Mbit/s it thoroughly outclasses the competition.
  • China, although the largest country on the Internet, still lags behind when it comes to Internet connection speeds. Its average of 0.86 Mbit/s is far below the world average of 1.8 Mbit/s (see below).
  • And speaking of China, Hong Kong, technically a part of China but separated in most surveys for statistical purposes, is clearly far ahead of its mother country. With Hong Kong???s average connection speed of 8.6 Mbit/s, it???s second only to South Korea.
  • It???s also interesting that all three top positions are in Asia.
  • Of the top 10 in this ???speed list,??? three are from Asia, and seven from Europe.
  • Canada beats the United States, barely, with 4.7 Mbit/s versus 4.6 Mbit/s.

Worldwide averages

The average connection speed for Internet users worldwide, not just among these 50 countries, but all countries, is an average of 1.8 Mbit/s. As an average, this is actually pretty good, but as you???ve seen, there are plenty of extremes in either direction.

And here???s how the various connection speeds are distributed. Once again, this is not among these 50 countries, this is for the world seen as a whole (from Akamai???s perspective).

Internet connection speed distribution worldwide

It???s quite encouraging that as many as 22% of the connections are 5 Mbit/s or faster, and even more that more than half of all connections are 2 Mbit/s or faster.

Connection speed distribution

Now on to the prettiest of these charts??? What you see here below is how the connection speeds of each country are distributed, just as in the worldwide chart. It???s great for giving you a good overview of the situation in each country, since an overall average can only tell you so much.

Internet connection speed distribution in 50 countries
The country list is sorted by average connection speed.

As this chart shows, the slowest connection types (less than 256 kbit/s) have almost been eradicated in many countries. However, in many developing nations these still make up a significant portion of the connections.

Aside from KPop, there’s anothing to love about South Korea — their internet speed!

If you Google ???The Future??? you???ll find ???Mobile???

Speed of access also drives Craig???s boldest prediction: That within the next 5-10 years, 95% of all internet search will be mobile-based. His exact quote: ???Mark my words, in 10 years almost all the searches you do are going to be from a phone or a phone-like device that hasn???t been invented yet.???

This mobile transformation has huge potential for improving health in the US and around. We have known for decades that the vast majority of negative health outcomes are the result unhealthy behaviors, which themselves are often the result of unhealthy or uninformed everyday decisions. Imagine the potential of using mobile phones or devices to reach people with highly tailored and theoretically informed health messages at each health decision point in their lives! Mobile health (a.k.a. mHealth) has that potential, and it is up to us as scientists, researchers, and practitioners to determine how best to use it for the greatest positive impact.

Nothing new but I just find it interesting that it came from Google employee #1. =)

Mobile web usage highest in Asia and Africa

The situation worldwide, by region

It???s important to note that these numbers are averages. Individual countries can and do differ greatly, as you???ll see further down.

Mobile web usage per region worldwide

It is a bit ironic that mobile web usage is, relatively speaking, lower in Europe and North America than in much of Asia and Africa. At least when you consider all the attention that Android, iPhone, and smartphones in general are getting over here.

Worldwide, mobile makes up 3.81% of web usage according to StatCounter.

And just to clarify, with the mobile Web we mean the Web accessed from mobile devices (usually phones). The numbers in this article are for the month of October, 2010, and all come from StatCounter, based on visitor statistics from more than three million websites.

Royal Pingdom ?? Mobile OS usage splits the world (chart)

Worldwide mobile OS usage at a glance

Since these statistics are based on mobile web usage, the numbers won???t necessarily match the exact market share based on physical handsets, but rather the handsets that people use to access the Web.

Mobile OS market share based on web usage

Note, the iOS numbers in this article include the iPhone and iPod Touch, but NOT the iPad.

There are a couple of things to note here:

  • When looking at mobile web usage, the different parts of the world are led by either iOS or Symbian. Apple???s iOS leads mobile web usage in North America, Europe and Oceania, while Nokia???s Symbian leads in Africa, Asia and South America.
  • Worldwide, Symbian leads the pack. This is not surprising considering Nokia is the world???s largest maker of mobile phones. After Symbian comes iOS, Blackberry, Android, Sony Ericsson and Samsung, in that order.
  • Symbian???s weakest position by far is in North America.
  • Blackberry???s strongest region is North America, but it is still behind iOS there.
  • Android might be growing fast, but it???s still far from dominating any part of the world.

You may also wonder about Palm???s webOS (now owned by HP), but it hardly made a dent in the overall web usage so we didn???t include it. Perhaps the situation will change in the future, but for now it remains very much a niche mobile OS.

WinCE is pretty much universally dead. Windows Mobile reaches a couple of percent in a few countries, but that???s about it. We???ll see what happens with Microsoft???s Windows Phone 7.

Top countries per mobile OS

Now that we have established how mobile usage differs across the world, let us have a closer look at exactly where each mobile OS has the strongest presence.

The mobile OS market share (based on mobile web usage) is shown next to each country in the lists below.

Top countries for iOS

Apple???s iOS is the leading mobile OS in 30 countries. We found 21 countries where more than half the mobile web traffic came from iPhone or iPod Touch. As we already mentioned, the mobile OS stats in this survey does not include the iPad.

  1. Canada, 83.7%
  2. Cuba, 77.2%
  3. Switzerland, 76.7%
  4. Australia, 72.5%
  5. Ireland, 69.7%
  6. New Zealand, 69.0%
  7. France, 67.4%
  8. Singapore, 64.6%
  9. Denmark, 64.3%
  10. Sweden, 61.6%

Barely outside this list are Japan (61.4%) and Belgium (61.2%). For those interested, and since it???s Apple???s home country, the United States came in at 35.2%.

Top countries for Android

We found only one country where Android accounts for more than 50% of the mobile web traffic, which is also the only country where Android is the leading mobile OS.

  1. South Korea, 78.3%
  2. Austria, 27.3%
  3. Taiwan, 26.5%
  4. Denmark, 25.3%
  5. Slovenia, 24.0%
  6. United States, 23.3%
  7. Netherlands, 21.7%
  8. Sweden, 21.3%
  9. Estonia, 16.8%
  10. Norway, 16.0%

Note that South Korea is the home country of Samsung, and their Android phones have clearly been very successful there. This means that the Samsung stats we show later are not entirely fair to Samsung, since some of it has clearly been swallowed up by the Android stats.

Top countries for Blackberry

Blackberry is the leading mobile OS in four countries, and tied with iOS in a fifth (the United Kingdom). Only one country had more than half of its mobile web traffic coming from Blackberry (see below).

  1. Dominican Republic, 57.1%
  2. Guatemala, 45.4%
  3. United Kingdom, 40.4%
  4. Colombia, 38.9%
  5. El Salvador, 37.54%
  6. United States, 32.0%
  7. Indonesia, 31.7%
  8. Saudi Arabia, 30.6%
  9. Panama, 29.2%
  10. Jamaica, 18.8%

Interesting enough, considering RIM is a Canadian company, it isn???t all that strong in its native Canada, where it accounts for a mere 3.6% of the country???s mobile web traffic.

Top countries for Symbian

Symbian is the leading mobile OS in more than 100 countries. We found more than 75 countries where it accounts for half or more of the mobile web traffic.

  1. Chad, 94.0%
  2. Libya, 93.9%
  3. Sudan, 92.9%
  4. Iraq, 90.1%
  5. Oman, 88.3%
  6. Jordan, 87.1%
  7. Egypt, 86.6%
  8. Somalia, 85.2%
  9. Mozambique, 84.4%
  10. Paraguay, 83.9%

This is of course very much in line with our findings last week regarding the amount of mobile web usage across the world. Nokia???s more affordable Symbian-based phones tend to be the most widely used phones in developing nations.

An interesting side note is that Nokia has almost no foothold in the US market. Symbian makes up a mere 1.36% of mobile web usage in the United States.

Top countries for Sony Ericsson

We found only one country where Sony Ericsson was the leader, Bolivia.

  1. Bolivia, 42.3%
  2. Malaysia, 35.3%
  3. Honduras, 30.9%
  4. Uruguay, 30.6%
  5. Costa Rica, 26.7%
  6. Cambodia, 26.6%
  7. Sri Lanka, 26.2%
  8. Sierra Leone, 26.0%
  9. Belarus, 23.8%
  10. Poland, 22.6%

Interesting enough, Sweden is supposed to be kind of a home market for Sony Ericsson (it???s the birthplace for the Ericsson part of Sony Ericsson), but it only makes up 7.6% of the country???s mobile web usage. Instead, Sweden???s mobile web usage is dominated by iOS and Android. Admittedly, some Sony Ericsson phones will be using Android (they???ve recently started selling Android phones), but still???

Top countries for Samsung

It should be noted that this list would probably be topped by South Korea if we judged solely by the Samsung brand. However, as we pointed out earlier, Samsung has largely been using Android lately.

  1. Namibia, 20.3%
  2. Gabon, 17.9%
  3. Guinea, 17.4%
  4. Swaziland, 12.7%
  5. Cameroon, 12.2%
  6. Congo, 11.4%
  7. South Africa, 11.3%
  8. Burundi, 10.5%
  9. Botswana, 10.5%
  10. Zambia, 10.1%

And since it???s so huge, we???ll mention that India comes in at number 11 with 9.5%.

KPop / KFab


I’m ccccrraaaazzzzyyyy with KPop music now. I’m quite late with this. But I’m working hard on making up for my loss. Chos.

Anyhoo, I’m happy to be getting mp3 from friends and the kids surrounding me in twitter. It’s like 80% of my ‘imaginary friends’ in twitter are like kids – meaning teens and young 20s. Thus, I’m quite updated with kids’ stuff. They’re like my window to the younger gen’s culture. =)

And, those beauty stuff are not Korean-made except for that 1, the hair thing. I’m also working hard on making up for the fab, fashion, beauty area. I fashion blog, therefore I don’t understand.

KPop / KFab


I’m ccccrraaaazzzzyyyy with KPop music now. I’m quite late with this. But I’m working hard on making up for my loss. Chos.

Anyhoo, I’m happy to be getting mp3 from friends and the kids surrounding me in twitter. It’s like 80% of my ‘imaginary friends’ in twitter are like kids – meaning teens and young 20s. Thus, I’m quite updated with kids’ stuff. They’re like my window to the younger gen’s culture. =)

And, those beauty stuff are not Korean-made except for that 1, the hair thing. I’m also working hard on making up for the fab, fashion, beauty area. I fashion blog, therefore I don’t understand.