Only South Korea topped Norway in the global comparison. Photo: Magnus Hjalmarson Neideman /SvD /TT
Norway’s average connection speed of 20.1 megabits per second (mbps) is second only to South Korea’s 27 mbps average, a new report from internet service provider Akamai said this week.
Norway’s average internet speeds increased by 55 percent over the previous year, enough to catapult the nation past Sweden to claim the fastest internet in Europe.
Sweden’s average speed was 18.8 mbps, good enough for fourth place overall. Hong Kong placed third with speeds of 19.5 mbps.
Akamai's’s president in the Nordics explained that other nations have followed Sweden’s example by investing in fast broadband.
“Sweden has one of the world’s fastest broadband networks, thanks to extensive investments in infrastructure. It’s now clear that other countries have followed their example,” Per Sterner said in a press release.
According to the report, the global peak speed average increased nearly seven percent since the previous quarter to reach 34.7 mbps. Singapore was the runaway winner for the highest peak speeds at 146.9 mbps, while Norway’s peak speed of 69.0 was only good enough for 23rd place.