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Hong Kong has fastest peak internet speed in world

PUBLISHED : Friday, 25 January, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 25 January, 2013, 2:42pm

Want the high definition version of the movie Battleship? It could be yours in about four minutes, at the peak broadband internet speed enjoyed in Hong Kong - the fastest in the world.

The top recorded speed of 54.1 megabits per second was documented in Hong Kong in the third quarter of 2012, according to the State of the Internet report issued by Akamai Technologies yesterday.

No country previously had gone beyond 50 Mbps. The figure is based on average peak speed across the population of users of traffic registered by Akamai.

"It wouldn't have been possible without changes in policy earlier to force competition between internet service providers," Edmon Chung Wang-on, chief executive of DotAsia, and vice chairman of the Internet Society of Hong Kong, said yesterday.

"Without the competitive environment we wouldn't have such a good network at such a low cost. Before there were only a couple of providers, and when the new guy came in things started to move."

Society executive committee member Cheng Che-hoo said Hong Kong since the 1990s had had an open telecommunications market with no restrictions on the number of licences that could be issued.

Chung said much of the credit went to the Hong Kong Internet eXchange for making it cheaper for different internet service providers to share content.

Normally providers would need to pay to access an outside network's traffic, but the exchange, based at Chinese University, provided a place where they could share traffic more quickly and cheaply.

"Even through we think of the internet as being global, the flow of traffic is much more local," Chung said. "We're more likely to visit the SCMP, rather than CNN, so fast local connectivity is a big contributing factor."

The exchange connects to 190 different networks in Hong Kong and overseas, including major content providers like Google and Yahoo.

South Korea recorded the second-fastest speed of 48.8 Mbps, while Japan at third had a peak download speed of 42.2 Mbps. China in comparison has a peak average of 7.1 Mbps.

While Hong Kong might have the highest peak speed, South Korea leads the table for fastest average speed at 14.7 Mbps. Japan came in second at 10.5 Mbps, while Hong Kong is at 9.0 Mbps. China averages about 1.6 Mbps.

Akamai estimates that a billion Internet users connect to its platforms each quarter.

Its quarterly State of the Internet report includes information on broadband connection speeds, attack traffic, network connectivity, traffic patterns across major websites and digital media providers, broadband adoption and mobile connectivity.


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To all those who made comments about slow internet speed, please compare how much you spent to the speed of your internet.
Secondly, it is highly probable that your perception of "slowness" is actually due to latency between HK and the country where said online destination is located.
In my experience, the 30M plan from PCCW is probably the best in the world given its price.
Funny, this doesn't match my experience with PCCW's internet service, in fact quite the opposite.
"Hong Kong has fastest peak internet speed in world"? Seriously? Even the average speeds given in the article are a pipe dream. Only PCCW could make me nostalgic for America's Comcast.
The company that undertook the survey is a specialist provider of locally cached content delivery. Therefore, they are not interested in measuring bandwidth or speed of International access. ie from HK to UK.
Here's how Akami works. When you click on a large service pack download from Microsoft or stream UK radio from the BBC, both companies hand you off to the local infrastructure closest to you. So Akami delivers BBC radio in HK and the BBC uses another provider called Limelight Networks with infrastructure located in Japan. This approach puts content closer to users. As it is not difficult to have a 100Mb/s connection in HK even from companies as hopeless as iCable, that is what Akami are measuring LOCAL access speeds.
Hope this helps to clarify.
A quick look at the chart reveals that the actual speed was 54 megabytes, not megabits, which makes a lot more sense. That said, it probably occurred in some lab, and is not reflective of real world usage. Raw speed does little to make the web feel "faster", unless all you ever do is download large files. Latency is far more perceptible, and in my experience the latency in HK is pretty bad. It doesn't help that HK web developers seem to be in love with Flash sites, but that's a whole other can of worms...
read these results
China? What peaks are you talking about? I already become dizzy if people tell me they have speeds like 3 mps, too slow, as others have 15 mps in some countries. In Beijing, despite all complaints and "upgrading" my download speeds going "straight" are typically 100 kbs if all is well (f not, 20 kbs). Sometimes speeds through one VPN go higher, like 500 kbs, a reason to celebrate. Internet infrastructure in China is still lousy, not even to talk about the censorship.
Seoul South Korea, is know for the fastest internet speed in the world.
Seoul' also boasts 95% of all households have internet..
I live on the south of the Island. When streaming on BBC iPlayer I find most times it is intermittent and get on many occasions a warning message that bandwith is insufficient to stream programme. Perhaps it is just where I live that is so poorly served with "high speed" broadband. The journalist who wrote this should go back and research the subject in depth.
Live on the Island using PCCW's 1000M+ optical fiber network; sending a pigeon would be faster. Any provider that does not lie about its services?



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