China may have the most internet users in the world, but quantity isn’t everything. As of the second quarter of 2013, the mainland’s average internet connection clocked in at just 1.5 megabytes per second (mbps), which ranks it #98 out of 200 countries analyzed.
The global average connection is 2.6 mbps, which means that China has a significant ways to go before hitting “normal” levels, let alone catching up to its quick Asian neighbors. As China Daily reports:
The top three countries and regions are South Korea, with a speed of 15.7 Megabytes per second, Japan with 10.9 Megabytes per second, and Hong Kong SAR with 9.3 Megabytes per second. And in terms of cost, users on the Chinese mainland spend around 83 yuan per month for 1 megabyte of bandwidth on average, 4 times that of the United States, and 469 times that of Hong Kong.
If it’s any consolation, Libya, Kazakhstan, and Iran all rank slightly worse than China.
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