A new Global internet usage is reshaping the way we access information and services online. Currently, more than 2.42 billion people worldwide access the internet. The majority of global internet users are located in Asia, with Europe following in second place. Currently, more than 11 percent of worldwide internet users access the web from North America.
South Korea and Japan Top Internet Speed Ranking//
For some time now, South Korea has boasted the highest average internet connection speed in the world. In the first quarter of 2013, South Korean internet users surfed at an average speed of 14.2 Mbps, 65% faster than Americans whose connection speed averaged at 8.6 Mbps. To add a little perspective: at 8.6 Mbps, it takes a little less than an hour to download a 2-hour movie in HD quality (file size 3GB-4GB).
United States is ranked 9th in the global speed ranking that is topped by South Korea, Japan and Hong Kong, who are followed by the European nations of Switzerland, the Netherlands and Latvia. While the global average connection speed was measured at 3.1 Mbps, passing 3Mbps for the first time.
The world’s fastest Internet speeds Statista
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The internet provides a platform on which multi-billion dollar internet companies, specializing in various online sectors, have formed, grown and expanded. Google, Facebook and Amazon are global market leaders in search, social networking and B2C e-commerce respectively. International companies Baidu, Rakuten and LinkedIn are also internet companies consistently raising their global profile.