What Country Has the Fastest 5G Speeds?

5G is no longer a new form of tech, with many countries around the world rolling it out to regular consumers who have seen relatively strong results. In spite of the fact that this is the case, some consumers have been complaining about a lack of coverage which suggests that 5G still has a lot of growing to do before it can reach its full potential. Ookla recently put out a report that measured the improvement of 5G and assessed which countries were implementing it best.

With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that 5G speeds have been rather stagnant this past year. They grew to a relatively impressive 168.27 mb/s, but this represented only 1% of an increase from last year. Additionally, upload speeds have taken a nosedive. They have decreased by a whopping 12% with the median speed now hovering at the 18.71 mb/s after reaching a high of 21.08 mb/s in 2021.

A surprising fact about the findings in this report is that the US is nowhere to be seen in the top rankings. The country with the fastest 5G speeds of all turned out to be South Korea, where median speeds are just over an incredible 500 Mbps with all things having been considered and taken into account.

The UAE was in third place last year with 400 Mbps download speeds, and the Gulf nation has now moved up to second place with speeds nearly that of South Korea’s. That has resulted in Norway falling off the list entirely.

Gulf nations are strong contenders for this top ten list. Qatar, Saudia Arabia, Kuwait and Bahrain all make an appearance, and they all boast 5G speeds ranging from 300 to 450 Mbps. Other countries that made the cut are Bulgaria, Singapore, New Zealand as well as Brazil which turned out to be the only Latin American nation that managed to provide 5G speeds worthy of these rankings.

It is quite a surprise tat the US didn’t make it to this list. America leads the charge in terms of 5G availability, with 54.3% of Americans having access to this tech. Coming in second is Cyprus with 47.7%, followed by South Korea in third place with 34.5%.

The third place on this list is heavily contested, with the Netherlands and Australia giving South Korea a run for its money with 34.2% and 33.3% apiece. Thailand also performs impressively in this metric, with 28.8% of users being able to access 5G networks. That can be a boon for the country because of the fact that this is the sort of thing that could potentially end up helping boost its already thriving tourism industry.

Also, while the UAE has made a lot of strides in improving median 5G speed, it is falling woefully behind in terms of coverage. Only around 8% of the country’s mobile internet users have access to 5G, which means that the higher than average speeds may be less useful than might have been the case otherwise. High speeds are useless if coverage isn’t maximized, so this is an area that the UAE will definitely be looking to focus on in the future.

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