Ireland bettered by Greece and Mongolia for broadband

3 Aug 2010

A global survey of broadband speeds based on network ping tests has placed Ireland in 50th place out of 162 countries for broadband speeds.

The Household Download Index, compiled by Ookla, based on millions of recent test results from, compares and ranks consumer download speeds around the globe.

The survey found that the global broadband average speed is 7.61Mbps. The value is the rolling average throughput in Mbps over the past 30 days, where the mean distance between the client and the server is less than 300 miles.

According to the survey, the No 1 country in the world for broadband is South Korea, where average speeds of 31.8Mbps are achieved, followed by Latvia with 24.4Mbps, Republic of Moldova with 22.1Mbps, Lithuania with 21.9Mbps, Romania with 20.4Mbps and the Aland Islands in the Baltic Sea with 20.4Mbps.

Ireland’s nearest neighbour, the UK, is 34th on the list, with average speeds of 7.7Mbps, while the US was 26th on the list, with average speeds of 10.1Mbps.

Ireland at No 50 had average speeds of 5.5Mbps, behind that of Mongolia at No 35 with average speeds of 7.3Mbps and Greece at No 40 with 6.7Mbps average speeds.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years