There are half a billion people on the Internet in China, meaning the country has a significantly larger online population than the general population in the U.S. In China, broadband speed — the rate at which devices can access data from the Internet — appears to be significantly behind the country’s rapid growth in online population.
According to the most recent Akamai State of the Internet report, the global average broadband speed is 2.6-Mbps. China is slightly below average at 2.07-Mbps, according to ChinaCache, a leading content delivery provider.
South Korea has the fastest average broadband in the world at 15.7-Mbps; the U.S. is currently 12th at 6.7-Mbps.
Despite its current online sluggishness, China may be catching up. The country enjoyed a 32% increase in its broadband speed during the six months leading up to May 2012.
ChinaCache used the information it compiled to create the following graphic, which offers insight and perspective on the largest Internet landscape in the world.