Japan leads in Internet speeds

Japan leads in Internet speeds

In a recent report released by Speed Matters, Japan topped the list of countries with the highest median internet download speeds at 61 megabits per second. The United States fell far behind with only 1.9 megabits per second:

Between September 2006 to May 2007, nearly 80,000 people in all 50 states and the District of Columbia (nearly all of them with broadband connections) have gone to the Speedmatters.org site to take an Internet speed test and measure how fast their computers can upload and download data. This is the first national survey of actual Internet speeds, and the results showed just how the US continues to lag behind other countries.

The chart below shows Japan’s internet speed is about 30 times faster than the US, with a few other countries in between:


Japan Internet Speed
South Korea: 45Mbps, Finland: 21Mbps, Sweden 18Mbps, Canada 7.6Mbps

You can download the full report in PDF format here. The report does not show results from the Philippines but basing form our recent discussion on the state of DSL in the country, I guess it’s way down there in the charts.

I checked with DSLReports and there’s some data there of 28 independent test for PLDT shows an average 706 Kbps download and 235 Kbps upload speeds.

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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44 Responses

  1. Patet says:

    I wonder what they do with all that speed.

    Sa Google Trends, hindi naman yata type ng Japan ang YouTube.

  2. Eugene says:

    I’ve heard that those kinds of speed is really pretty normal in Japan as my friend mentioned in his blog. When I went to Japan, I tried measuring the broadband speed I got from my apartment and I got a really low 10 Mbps (read my post about it.) But 10 Mbps is already a luxury here in the Philippines.

  3. vern says:

    All the countries on top have the majority of their population concentrated in relatively small areas of the country. Comparing it to the US where the population is spread throughout and with a much larger landmass is a pretty stupid comparison. I personally get 20mbit, that is common where I live, whereas someone living just 50 miles away from me, 1.5mbit may be standard. Compare these speeds with US metropolitan areas and I’m sure the numbers will be up to par.

  4. yuga says:

    @ vern, they also did the survey for each of the 50 states of the US and Rhode Island tops the list at 5Mbps followed by New Jersey at 3.6Mbps and New York at 3.4Mbps.

  5. as usual, them japanese guys are pretty advance in everything. all u internet base belong to them.

  6. issai says:

    i think one reason is people don’t want to let go of their dial up. it took me years to convince my stepdad to let go of AOL.

  7. Miguel says:

    To add to Vern… even US metro areas aren’t that fast. That’s because the data center your favorite site is hosted in might be in a different metro area, with some fiber in between. Plus, the US Internet infra is quite complex compared to Japan/SK which are dominated by a few monster telcos.

  8. Sophie says:

    Looks like Japan is really maximizing its technology, pairing it with impressive dsl speed! well, my bestbud says Canada’s dsl is way way wayy faster than ours, so what more with Japan? :) I can only imagine! :)

  9. AnitoKid says:

    Wow! I remember the time I asked my friends in the US about their connection speed there – said it was much faster, considerably much faster than in the Philippines (they have visited the Philippines more than 5 times already).
    But wooooh! Look at Japan’s lead. IT IS a big spread! Awesome!

    AnitoKid at http://www.anitokid.blogspot.com

  10. Thanks, it was a pretty interesting chart to me, because I lived and did commercial Internet business in Japan from 1996 through 1999. At that time the telcos and the government were not very forward looking about the Internet at all … South Korea was already about at the speeds they are today, so this had been a tremendous move forward for Japan, in 8 year’s time.

    @ Vern, yes, it’s true, the US average speed sucks .. it’s better than the Philippines, perhaps, but lags far, far behind many other countries … much of the US infrastructure is owned/run by cable TV companies and their Internet service is just a necessary evil to them and their business model is built upon “provide the customer with the absolute least”. HBO is much more profitable than ISP service, so that’s where the money is spent.

  11. Berlin says:

    S. korea and Japan homes are just a few feet from their hub.

    I’m in SF Peninsula, connected to a relay or ATM switch near my neighborhood which connects to Hayward, CA. My IP address on however shows I’m in the midwest.

    Comcast just came out with the a 150mbps modem.

  12. AnitoKid says:

    And there’s a lot of interest – a ton of it, on the spectrum auction in the US. Controversies are surrounding it as we speak. It will quite possibly be the last auction of such in a very long time, thus major players are scrambling for a bigger piece of the pie. And consumers and advocacy groups know that the results of the auction will play a significant role on pricing and service trends in the years that will follow….

    AnitoKid at http://www.anitokid.blogspot.com

  13. Hmm… why is Hong Kong not there… my HK friends reports that their top Home connection speed that is affordable to the general population is 7mbps. (Which is roughly the 1.5mbps price in the Philippines.)

  14. Bob says:

    Japan is a tiny island compared to America. Of course Japan has higher Internet. There is no reason to be upset or angry. Deal with it. :/

  15. We use that fast fast internet to let you watch Japanese TV online. It’s great viewing. Slingbox + fast fast internet = quality TV. http://watchjapanesetv.com

  16. bryant says:

    this is what makes me sick.
    we are probably in the top five when it comes to IT outsourcing but our internet here is so slow and expensive.

    govt and telcos should really do something about this.

  17. Brent says:

    naman! ang bilis! pinagtsatsagaan na nga lang dito ung mabagal na internet eh!

  18. HaroNiX says:

    The speeds are pretty good in Japan :)
    Here (in Bulgaria, in Eastern Europe) the speeds are around 30 MBit/s, and technologies like PON, FTTH, FTTP are just starting on the market. I’m on GBit fiber and speed 20+ MB/s (megabytes) are normal.
    I wonder that price are paying in Japan for their connections?

  19. gaia.girl says:

    Isn’t it that PLDT is planning to get this fiber optics whatever that is mabilis daw? If that’s the case, affected ba lahat ng services nila?

  20. patricia says:

    how do those countries get such hi speed??????

  21. alexei says:

    hope the broadband companies here in RP make a move to at least improve their services. i read in a forum that these companies are so monopolistic that they exploit every aspect in internet service. slow and expensive. perfect.

  22. bugz says:

    cheese..just an internetconnection…do’nt care who has the fastest connection.

  23. joesel says:

    what happened to us filipinos we are not competing with japan anymore when marcos was in the office he planned a computer and laptop brand which is made by pinoy made in pinas for pinoys a car brand and many more like pulling out the deuterium from the philippine deep if he is still alive and planning again for another term i would definitely tell my mom and dad to vote him and if only marcos’es regime was finished with all of his plans for the country finished im sure our country this days could have been the world’s wealthiest country!?

    • Jefferson Lasola says:

      Indeed this is correct, our country leaders never dream of competing now to other country, instead we are give all our good engineers, designer, inventors, and other talents to other country to used and for their countries benefits, how it sad to admit that Pilipino now forget to dream more higher, instead we just dream what we will do tomorrow, but not in more very much long term solution. I’m so proud that still their is people like you who question this aspect. well my friend we still not yet find our great filipino leader that will bring us back to our glorious years.

    • Jeffrey says:

      I definitely agree with you, the sad things is that people now adays naalala lang yung hindi magandang naganap sa pinas, subalit sa dami ng magagandang nagawa ng Marcos Regime eh, walang sinabi lahat ng mga namuno sa atin Bansa, Hope Filipino start to grown up dati we are envious and jelouse by other country pero now nasan na ang dating pinas, we have been so many Leaders pro ni isa walang magawang maganda dahil sa bulok na system, I em here now in Singapore thinking na napaka organisado ng bansa na ito why not in Pinas, so i start to wonder it is not our Leader, i guess it is our people attitude, anyway I still hope na sa dami ng pahirap na nadanas ng bansa natin, baka one day magising tayo at magbago na lahat sa bansa natin.

  24. Kaya mahina internet speed natin kasi mahal daw yung equipment yan ang palusot ng telco dito sa Pinas pero sa totoo bilyones ang profit nila.I’m an Engineer by profession working in a telco company.Fiber Optics na tayo dito mula Luzon to mindanao. I’m a network engineer designing optical networks. What the management do is they limit the bandwidth to us subscribers. I know that Telco here are using the DWDM platform with STM 64 as transmission speed of data. That’s a very large bandwidth but to divide the internet speed among consumers they limit it. So if i were to compare speed in other countries we are really behind. Companies here and NTC they have an agreement na di natin alam. Tapos sasabihin nila na hi velocity broadband??? how ironic!!! dapat nga wala na tayo 384 kbps. 1 mbps to 2mbps dapat minimum speed. Kaya yan sa Telco dito pero mahal bayad naman baka ubos pera mo sa monthly bills…

  25. sorry sa na post ko. malakas na pala internet 1 mbps na. minsan kasi napuputol wire sa poste or me mga cable cut na di maiiwasan. kaya pala mahina internet.Salamat sa mga wi fi mobile na mga USB me 2mbps speed na tayo. Magagamit na natin mga laptop kahit sa mall.Salamat sa telco na improve na speed sa Pilipinas.mabuhay ang bayan natin.Salamat, Salamat ulit. Have a nice day.

  26. ettenoj says:

    ako rin wishing sana maging kagaya sa japan ang internet. taga shizuoka ko sa japan and im paying 2500 pesos for 7mbps internet speed. sobrang bilis mag youtube. actually pag sinubukan mo watch ng mga videos sa youtube na galing sa japan diba mejo mabagal mag load satin. mahilig rin po sila watch youtube etc. download and anything. hmm ngayon nasa pinas ako never pa rin ako nakakita ng sobra bilis na net fo just 2500.

  27. totoo Japan have the high speed internet connection. I have been to Tokyo Japan for 3 months my company sent me for configuring software and voip software to their office in Tokyo.
    ang masasabi ko lang is super duper duper bilis ng internet nila walang makakatalo sa internet speed connection nila dito sa Asia..
    umaabot ng 1Gig ang download speed nila panalo ang speed nila..

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  29. wee says:

    you can argue about population desensity effecting the different different BUT, compare to canada which has alot less crowded population and is smaller then united states, that isnt really the issue.

    Also if i remember, Japan has alot of places equiiped with fiber optic internet cables, which are cheaper, stronger?? and faster then the copper internet which, not alot of the united states started doing. And i bet that when they do, japan internet price will be cheaper compare to united states

  30. Andre says:

    suck on japanese wi-fi dick

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