DID YOU KNOW?
Did you know that the global average Internet speed in 2017 was 7.2 Mbps? According to Akamai, South Korea is the country with the fastest internet connection, with an average speed of 28.6Mbps. However, the fastest internet connection ever recorded was at The Gathering. It is an annual computer party held in Norway. Norway follows South Korea as the country with the second fastest internet speed of 23.5Mbps. In 2012, the party’s internet connection reached a record-breaking speed of 200 Gbits per second. For comparison, NASA’s internet connection is measured at 91 Gbits per second, and NASA’s internet speeds are already 13,000 times faster than the average broadband speed in the US.
A high-speed internet connection was essential to the event, as more than 5,000 people participated in the five-day gathering to play multiplayer video games together. The soaring speeds reached in 2012 was made possible by the fiber-optic network that runs through Norway, with additional bandwidth provided by the company Level3. Meanwhile, the citizens of Mali suffer from internet speeds of 773.0kbps. Among the continents of the world, Africa has the worst internet infrastructure and the least internet penetration. The United Nations has made the improvement of the African telecommunication system a part of the Millennium Development Goals.