18 Countries That Have Stronger, Better, Faster Internet Than America

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Although Internet access in the U.S. continues to improve each year, it still falls far behind broadband quality in other countries.By considering factors such as download and upload speeds, lag time and the number of households with Internet access, the U.S. ranks 19th in broadband quality according to Cisco’s 2010 Broadband Ranking Report.

Asia continues to dominate in broadband quality with South Korea, Hong Kong, and Japan in the top three. 

Here's the USA -- ranked #19

Download Speed: 9,643 kps

Upload Speed: 2,161 kps

Latency: 44 ms

Household Penetration: 75%

Source: Broadband Quality Study report by Saïd Business School and Cisco

#18 France

Download Speed: 9,494 kps

Upload Speed: 1,191 kps

Latency: 48 ms

Household Penetration: 76%

Source: Broadband Quality Study report by Saïd Business School and Cisco

#17 Canada

Download Speed: 6,103 kps

Upload Speed: 716 kps

Latency: 61 ms

Household Penetration: 81%

Source: Broadband Quality Study report by Saïd Business School and Cisco

#16 Israel

Download Speed: 3,234 kps

Upload Speed: 433 kps

Latency: 87 ms

Household Penetration: 88%

Source: Broadband Quality Study report by Saïd Business School and Cisco

#15 Finland

Download Speed: 15,775 kps

Upload Speed: 1,788 kps

Latency: 32 ms

Household Penetration: 70%

Source: Broadband Quality Study report by Saïd Business School and Cisco

#14 Ireland

Download Speed: 4,611 kps

Upload Speed: 623 kps

Latency: 28 ms

Household Penetration: 88%

Source: Broadband Quality Study report by Saïd Business School and Cisco

#13 Bahrain

Download Speed: 1,886 kps

Upload Speed: 368 kps

Latency: 139 ms

Household Penetration: 94%

Source: Broadband Quality Study report by Saïd Business School and Cisco

#12 Norway

Download Speed: 8,060 kps

Upload Speed: 2,758 kps

Latency: 58 ms

Household Penetration: 88%

Source: Broadband Quality Study report by Saïd Business School and Cisco

#11 Sweden

Download Speed: 16,489 kps

Upload Speed: 5,739kps

Latency: 50 ms

Household Penetration: 74%

Source: Broadband Quality Study report by Saïd Business School and Cisco

#10 Qatar

Download Speed: 1,942 kps

Upload Speed: 567 kps

Latency: 113 ms

Household Penetration: 100%

Source: Broadband Quality Study report by Saïd Business School and Cisco

#9 United Arab Emirates

Download Speed: 3,143 kps

Upload Speed: 460 kps

Latency: 213 ms

Household Penetration: 100%

Source: Broadband Quality Study report by Saïd Business School and Cisco

#8 Netherlands

Download Speed: 14,875 kps

Upload Speed: 2,179 kps

Latency: 33 ms

Household Penetration: 85%

Source: Broadband Quality Study report by Saïd Business School and Cisco

#7 Malta

Download Speed: 4,097 kps

Upload Speed: 372 kps

Latency: 112 ms

Household Penetration: 100%

Source: Broadband Quality Study report by Saïd Business School and Cisco

#6 Switzerland

Download Speed: 10,199 kps

Upload Speed: 1,319 kps

Latency: 39 ms

Household Penetration: 96%

Source: Broadband Quality Study report by Saïd Business School and Cisco

#5 Luxembourg

Download Speed: 6,910 kps

Upload Speed: 616 kps

Latency: 48 ms

Household Penetration: 100%

Source: Broadband Quality Study report by Saïd Business School and Cisco

#4 Iceland

Download Speed: 9,810 kps

Upload Speed: 4,130 kps

Latency: 55 ms

Household Penetration: 100%

Source: Broadband Quality Study report by Saïd Business School and Cisco

#3 Japan

Download Speed: 12,777 kps

Upload Speed: 12.117 kps

Latency: 42 ms

Household Penetration: 66%

Source: Broadband Quality Study report by Saïd Business School and Cisco

#2 Hong Kong

Download Speed: 12,899 kps

Upload Speed: 6,938 kps

Latency: 77 ms

Household Penetration: 100%

Source: Broadband Quality Study report by Saïd Business School and Cisco

#1 South Korea

Download Speed: 33,543 kps

Upload Speed: 16,897 kps

Latency: 47 ms

Household Penetration: 100%

Source: Broadband Quality Study report by Saïd Business School and Cisco

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