The coronavirus pandemic surely has in many countries an industry that has celebrated growth amid economic chaos: it is telecommunications and the internet market.
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) found that cellular broadband has spread to 85% of the developing world and from 2010 to 2020, global average speeds have accelerated considerably.
That is why a new ranking of internet speeds was presented, where the United States fell from the top ten and two Asian countries lead the preferences.
Below are the current averages obtained from an aggregation of available global Internet Service Provider (ISP) speeds and compared to the averages of the global speedtest.net index for a country-by-country breakdown of Internet speed:
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The authors of the ranking point out that “it is important to bear in mind that, although these classifications are a good point of reference for the relative development and implementation of high-speed Internet. Data from the first two years of the decade show that average speeds have multiplied by almost ten in many countries in just ten years.
“Our study reveals that many people in low- and middle-income countries, including the underemployed, women, rural residents and others who are often marginalized, reap great benefits in areas like education, employment and health when they use computers and the Internet. in places of public access, “said Araba Sey, assistant professor of research at the School of Information and principal investigator of the study.