China Ranks Second In Asia for Internet Phone Speeds

But ranks a distant sixth for broadband

Internet users frustrated with slow transfer rates in China may be surprised to hear that the country has the second-fastest cellular internet speeds in Asia.

The ranking, compiled by Internet metrics company, Ookla, looked at average Internet speeds in Asia and greater Oceania, including Australasia and the Malay Archipelago. China fared exceptionally well, averaging 27.6 Mbps (megabits per second) on mobile devices. In fact, only New Zealand was faster, beating China by just 0.1 Mbps. Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea ranked sixth, seventh, and eighth respectively, while the overall average speed in Asia was 10.9 Mbps.

China did not, however, perform well in the broadband Internet category, ranking sixth with an average speed of just 31 Mbps. To put that figure in perspective, Singapore finished first with a blazing 118.8 Mbps, followed by Hong Kong and Japan.

Chinese netizens were largely incredulous at the news. One person said, “If you told me that (China’s Internet) price was second in the world, then I’d believe you.”

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Charles Liu

The Nanfang's Senior Editor