Post by poldy
For a long time, the US has fared poorly in OECD and other surveys of
Yeah, yeah... I've heard it all too often. The problem is that many
countries are providing spectacular fiber bandwidth, but do not have
the bandwidth on the backhauls to supply to users even a small
percentage of that bandwidth. In South Korea, you can get a 100
Mbit/sec bandwidth connection quite cheap. Good luck actually using
it at 100 Mbits/sec. I'm too busy/lazy/whatever right now to get the
exact numbers, but I've been told that most users in Seoul get maybe
20 Mbits/sec during the day, and 40 Mbits/sec at night. It's much
like designing a freeway to handle 100 mph cars, and then finding you
can't go over 15 mph in bumper to bumper traffic. Or, better yet, my
gigabit ethernet home network, that connects to the internet via
1.5Mbit/sec DSL. As far as the bandwidth surveys are concerned, I
have a gigabit network. Too bad I can only use 1.5Mbit/sec of it.
See a problem with this article?
Hint: They're talking about connection speeds, not throughput speeds.
Connection speeds are useless if you can't use that speed. I can
floor the accelerator of my car and maybe get 100 mph, but not for
very long or very far.
This is more of the same. It's the tabulation of result from the
Ookla speedtest.net results:
South Korea is at 65 Mbits/sec. US is at 35 Mbits/sec. That might
mean that Koreans have a fatter pipe to the nearest server farm, but
can also mean that their networks are lighter used, resulting in less
Here's more of the same from Akamai:
For "average connection speed":
South Korea is at 22 Mbit/sec. US is at 11.1 Mbits/sec
For "average peak connection speed":
South Korea is at 75.4 Mbit/sec. US is at 49.5 Mbits/sec
I don't have a clue what that really means, but it does suggest some
rather wide variations in "connection" speeds. Add S. Korea to the
graph at the bottom of the page for more interesting numbers.
List of countries by population density:
South Korea 1261/sq-mile
All else being equal, that makes it 15 times as expensive to lay fiber
to everyone in the USA as in South Korea. At about $10,000 per mile
to install overhead fiber, that can really add up.
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