Fastest mobile broadband speeds in the world

Cisco Systems has compiled a list of the top 20 countries in the world with the fastest mobile broadband speeds.

May 2, 2013 3 Comments
Fastest mobile broadband speeds in the world

Cisco Systems recently compiled rankings for Bloomberg listing the 20 countries with the highest average mobile broadband speeds. South Africa was ranked at number 12 with an average speed of 0.674Mbps.

Cisco Systems further forecasted each nation’s data speed and ranking for 2017, and here South Africa is expected to have an average mobile broadband speed of 6.307Mbps.

South Africa is expected to jump to number 10 in the global mobile broadband speed rankings by 2017.

The following table provides an overview of the Cisco Systems list of countries with fastest mobile data speeds.

Countries With Fastest Mobile Data Speeds
Rank Country Projected average speed in 2017 Average speed
1 Canada 14.585Mbps 4.529Mbps
2 United States 14.383Mbps 2.469Mbps
3 Australia 8.033Mbps 2.384Mbps
4 Japan 10.67Mbps 2.074Mbps
5 South Korea 17.334Mbps 1.962Mbps
6 Spain 6.712Mbps 1.899Mbps
7 United Kingdom 7.77Mbps 1.607Mbps
8 Italy 6.369Mbps 1.513Mbps
9 New Zealand 6.068Mbps 1.411Mbps
10 Germany 8.074Mbps 1.398Mbps
11 France 5.978Mbps 1.313Mbps
12 South Africa 6.307Mbps 0.674Mbps
13 Chile 3.296Mbps 0.368Mbps
14 China 3.008Mbps 0.29Mbps
15 Brazil 1.696Mbps 0.226Mbps
16 Mexico 2.997Mbps 0.226Mbps
17 Argentina 1.651Mbps 0.154Mbps
18 Russia 2.546Mbps 0.153Mbps
19 Indonesia 1.51Mbps 0.115Mbps
20 India 2.462Mbps 0.099Mbps

It should be noted that the Bloomberg article did not list the methodology used to calculate the average mobile broadband speed.

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Join the Conversation ( 3 comments)
  • http://www.facebook.com/chrisfourielipman Chris Fourie-Lipman

    Not bad, South Africa 12th, but I’m sure if you have to prepare a list from the cheapest to the most expensive, South Africa will be at the bottom of the list… of ALL countries, not just the first twenty…

  • Andrew Schultz

    Clearly they never surveyed Hong Kong

  • David Kropman

    Wow that is very slow for USA. The three biggest cellphone providers are all rolled out on LTE or rolling out quickly. I don’t live close to a big city and I have lots of LTE coverage and my speed is 37Mb/s download and 10Mb/s upload. Running speed tests on my phone from multiple places never seem to go below about 15Mb/s

    With all new phones coming out with LTE standard now (I think the iPhone5 now has it!) and typically everyone gets a new phone every 2 years, I would think the average would jump up.

    I do lots of streaming of netflix on the ipad over that connection and it looks great.

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