Which Global Airports Have The Fastest Wi-Fi Speeds? The Answer Might Surprise You

When traveling, having great internet speed and connectivity is of the essence. And that’s why we thought it would be interesting to decipher which global airports beat others in this respect.

Believe it or not, internet speeds at various airports vary significantly. But when we look at the US, the average decent rating is said to go beyond the 100 Mbps mark as per a new report by Ookla.

Seven American airports are said to hold this honor and it’s not wrong to add how those near Silicon Valley reigned supreme against other arch-rivals competing for the top spot. This is why San Francisco makes the top of the list, beating 15 other components.

As far as download speeds are concerned, it’s an average of 173Mbps to 233 Mbps which is deemed to be the fastest internet.

On the other hand, New York’s Newark and JFK tied for second place, coming in at 166Mbps and 152Mbps respectively while JFK was 151Mbps and 131Mbps.

In third place, Arizona’s Harbor Airport saw download speeds hitting the 151Mbps and 187Mbps mark for downloads and uploads. Next, Seattle, Dallas, and Las Vegas must be appreciated for similarly fast internet speeds that crossed the 100 Mbps mark.

Faster networks are said to ensure faster uploads on social media, not to mention smooth like butter video calls, and the best media streaming options. So basically, you need great speed for functions that go above and beyond the usual texting and web browsing done on a routine basis.

When we talk about the other end of the spectrum and take the slowest internet speeds into consideration, Mexico hails as the slowest in the North American region. On average, the upload speed hits just 5 Mbps while downloads are stuck at just 3 Mbps so the entire airport experience is never a great one.

When we look at America, Houston’s George Bush Airport is quite slow compared to other counterparts as is Boston’s Logan International. The figures are 19Mbps and 25 Mbps respectively for downloads while uploads range between 25 to 40Mbps.

Experts have spoken about how server latency could even affect the Wi-Fi network feeling with states like Atlanta and Seattle providing the lowest ones of them all in American airports.

While this report has not provided all comprehensive findings for each city around the globe, it’s quite evident from the stats how it’s hard to find median speeds for downloads exceeding the 100Mbps mark in cities outside the US.

We’re talking about some of the busiest airports in the world, including those in London, Madrid, Frankfurt, Barcelona, and even Amsterdam all being stuck at speeds below the 100Mbps mark. And if you’re in Spain, it might be painful to see speeds hitting just 18Mbps!

Meanwhile, it’s refreshing to see Toronto’s Pearson International giving download speeds of 94Mbps while Paris also saw figures go slightly above the 100Mbps mark.

China’s Hangzhou and Shanghai Airports were close behind with speeds going above the 100Mbps figure in Asia so that was nice to see.

We agree that great Wi-Fi is never the only thing needed for a wonderful traveling experience but it always helps when you need to do work on the go. Meanwhile, experts also mentioned how things do vary from one person to the next, not to mention how the total connections up for grabs also play a pivotal role in the kind of Wi-Fi speed you can expect.

Hence, always proceed with caution and never trust public Wi-Fi without the use of VPNs because as security experts say, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

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