Wednesday, June 4, 2014

South Korea: World’s Fastest Internet Connection?

Given that in recent poll results show that South Korean has the most online connectivity of any country in the world, do they also have the fastest internet connection? 

By: Ringo Bones 

Back in October 2010, South Korea’s broadband internet was voted to be the fastest one in the world with an average speed of 1,000-megabits per second. Given that since after World War II, if you asked the average person of the street on which is the most technologically advanced country in the world, the United States and Japan are typically the two countries that top the list. But in the beginning of the second decade of the 21st Century, it seems that South Korea has a faster broadband internet connection than either the United States or Japan. 

On average, broadband internet speeds that prevail in the world’s other most technologically advanced countries hover between a “lowly” 2-megabits per second – only twice as fast as the digital PCM audio output stream that comes out of the coaxial digital output of a CD player – to 10-megabits per second. These speeds are 100 or more times slower than your typical South Korean broadband.
 But what aspects of a 1,000-megabit per second broadband internet can do that is useful to the average internet surfer? Well, a 1000-megabit per second broadband internet connection allows you to download a two-hour long Hollywood movie recorded at HD DVD / Blu Ray DVD quality in a little over 10 seconds! Movie pirates will probably be moving to South Korea to avail of such broadband internet capabilities.