Singapore’s fixed broad speed in 2017 ranked on top of the SpeedTest Global Index with 153.85 megabits per second (Mbps), while its mobile Internet of 51.5 Mbps also ranked high in Asia.
The city-state’s fixed broadband and mobile Internet speeds measured higher than the global average of 40.11Mbps and 20.28 Mbps, respectively.
The rankings for Singapore may stem from the availability of different products, including very small aperture terminal (VSAT) systems for satellite Internet. These helped the Lion City to outrank most countries in terms of digital connectivity. The index also indicated that developed countries in Asia tend to have fast Internet speeds.
The index-based its findings from Ookla’s Speedtest platform between November 2016 and November 2017. Hong Kong and South Korea ranked on the top five for the fastest global fixed broadband speeds at 133.94 Mbps and 127.45 Mbps, respectively. Singapore emerged as the only Asian country on the top five for global mobile broadband speed, while the rest comprised the Norway, Netherlands, Iceland, and Malta.
Foreign companies that plan to expand overseas in 2018 may use the index as another reason to choose Singapore. Its fast internet served as a factor for the World Bank to rank the country as the best place for businesses. It has held on to this ranking between 2006 and 2016.
E-commerce firms, in particular, will have no problem with being online. Singapore’s more than 200 Internet service providers help them to stay connected with local and international customers, according to Precursor. Whether or not your business revolves around online activity, a fast Internet connection has become more relevant to remain competitive.
Singapore’s fast Internet can be attributed to hundreds of service providers since competition compels them to provide the best connections. Do you think the country’s speeds would become faster in 2018?