Ukraine Has World’s Best Broadband Internet
Kyiv, March 16, 2012. Net Index rated Ukrainian broadband quality as number one in the world over the period from October 1, 2009, to March 13, 2012. Based on millions of test results at pingtest.com, Ukraine acquired top place in the ranking with the result of 87.54 R-Factor. Runner-ups Russia and the UK have the respective 87.02 and 85.94 R-Factors.
Donetsk, Odesa, Kharkiv, Kyiv, and Lviv are the top five Ukrainian cities with best broadband Internet quality, according to Net Index. Donetsk boasts R-Factor of 89.86. R-Factor is a combined index that coordinates user impression of the Internet quality and the technical characteristics of the system.
Average download speed for Ukraine is 14.55 Mbps, while upload average is 9.86. Average cost per Mbps is USD 1.08,.Other top ten broadband quality countries – Norway, Italy, France, Canada, the Netherlands, Ireland, and Malaysia – have significantly higher broadband cost. For example, average cost per Mbps in Norway is USD 6.2, in Italy – USD 7.05, and USD 5.77 in Canada. The USA residents pay the average of USD 4.88 per Mbps for their broadband connection. Average download speed in the U.S. equals 12.41 Mbps, upload speed - 3.11 Mbps.
Besides Net Quality Index, the global leader of broadband testing and diagnostics, the American company Ookla also provides global download, upload, value, and promise indexes. According to Ookla data, Lithuania is the global leader in download speed with an average index of 31.69 Mbps. South Korea and Latvia took the respective second and third spots on the list. These three countries top the global upload list, with South Korea providing the average of 27.99 Mbps, Lithuania – 24.87, and Latvia – 18.31.
As far as the value index is concerned, the average cost of broadband Internet across the globe is USD 9.6 per Mbps. Bulgaria provides the absolutely cheapest connection in the world at a cost of USD 0.64 per Mbps. Ukraine is the fourth least expensive on the list. The cheapest relative cost of broadband is in Luxemburg, followed by Iceland, Denmark, and Austria on this list.
Net Index also compiled a so-called promise list that indicates the correlation between the declared and the delivered broadband connection speed. Slovakia and Hungary top the Net Promise Index list with the actual provided connection speed being even higher than promised. Moldova, Lithuania, Israel, and Colombia fulfill over 99 percent of provider obligations according to the contracts. Overall, the EU shows the highest promise rate in the world with the average index of 85.32 percent. Ukraine has 97.47 promise index.
In 2000 only 0.4 percent of the residents of Ukraine were using Internet, while by 2011 this number increased twenty-fold averaging 3.9 million of fixed broadband Internet subscribers. Comparably, this number is higher than that of the neighboring Poland. The USA is one of the leaders of Internet connection network with almost 70 percent of its residents using Internet.