Bulgaria supposedly used to have faster fixed broadband connections than Western European countries such as Germany. Well, not anymore, according to Ookla’s Speedtest Global Index for July of 2018.
Germany, a country known for its strong economy and its advanced technology, still has internet connection speeds which can almost be described as hopelessly low. But Bulgaria’s speeds are even worse.
With an average connection speed of 57.91 Mbps, Germany hit the 27th of 133 positions on the Global Index, while Bulgaria got the 39th spot, with 42.39 Mbps. Things seem to be changing. But both of those speeds are actually bad.
On that list, Bulgaria is sandwiched between Slovakia and Trinidad and Tobago. Countries like Latvia, Chile, Lithuania and Spain have faster connections. Bulgaria’s northern neighbor Romania even managed to conquer the 4th position, with an average connection speed of 105.98 Mbps. Congrats.
Singapore, Hongkong, Iceland and South Korea are also among the top five connection speed masters. The winner, Singapore, comes up with a rather impressive average speed of 181.47 Mbps, which means they are four and a half times as fast as Bulgaria.
Lebanon, Egypt, Mosambique, Venezuela and Algeria are the five slowest countries on Ookla’s Speedtest Global Index, with speeds between 3.6 and 5.9 Mbps. It would be laughable if it wasn’t tragic.
But the picture is very different when it comes to mobile connection speeds, which become more important every day. Here, Bulgaria is actually relatively fast. With an average mobile connection speed of 34.26 Mbps, the Balkan country hit the 25th position.
A lot of countries have slower mobile speeds than Bulgaria, including Germany, Romania (there you go!), the United States, Japan and the United Kingdom.
Which countries have the fastest mobile connections? Qatar, Norway, the United Arab Emirates, Singapore and Iceland are lightning fast, with download speeds between 62 and 52 Mbps. Holy cow!
This is the information age. People download movies, photos, porn collections and music. The faster their connections, the sooner they will be done, which also means they will no clog up the Internet for others as long as they do in countries with slower connections.
But, as we all know, also the economy and absolutely everything depends on proper speeds. Quite a few countries have homework to do. They need to speed it up. Amen.