“Today, people living in Bucharest, Romania have access to much faster Internet than most of the US. That’s unacceptable and must change.”
- Senator Bernie Sanders
Bernie Sanders made the above comment about Romania having faster internet speed than America in a very negative sense, as if to say - see, even little countries like Romania have faster internet than us. Many Romanians see this as a backhanded compliment and hit back almost immediately.
A young Romanian by the name of Dorin Lazar (@dorinlazar) tweeted: “ @BernieSanders Romania is sorry for not being the third world country you and your voters thinks it is. We'll be more careful next time!”
Aside more the laughs, it is a fact that internet speeds in America are not the best in the world. This is a sense we get here on Do Speed Test when our users from the United States perform internet speed test, broadband speed test or DSL speed test with us. There’s a lot of room for improvement.
Let’s look at the facts – according to the data that is available from our servers, the US peak connection speeds are about 48.8 Mbps, which makes the United States the nation with the 17 th fastest average internet speed in the world. It’s not the same everywhere - rural areas in the U.S. only have an internet speed of around 7 Mbps.
Now, Romania on the other hand has a peak internet speed of 58.7 Mbps, which makes it the nation with the 7 th fastest internet in the world. Impressive! Also, according to our data, the average download speed in the US is 28.9 Mbps, while in Romania; it is as high as 60 Mbps.
Apart from just internet speeds, Romania consumes more internet on an average than any European country. Romania has an average monthly traffic of 91 GB for fixed broadband lines. The internet penetration in Romania in urban areas is pretty high, at 75%. The country has set an ambitious target to achieve 100% internet penetration by 2020.
But really, it is one thing to have a slower internet speed than South Korea or Japan, which are two of the technologically most advanced nations on the planet. How do you explain having slower internet speed than Romania, which is one of the little countries in Europe? After all, Romania did not even have a democracy until the mid-1990s.
How can one explain how this Eastern European nation has been able to get some of the best internet speeds in the world? There are very good reasons why Romania’s internet speeds are the same as those seen in Japan and South Korea and far better than that in the rest of Europe and North America.
For a start, Romania has a small population, which means there are fewer people online in Romania than in the US. Geographically, Romania is very small, about the same size as the state of Oregon in the U.S. So it is much easier to deliver high internet speeds in a country like Romania than in the U.S.
Also, Romania has a system of neighborhood networks, which means, Romania has small, localized networks built by young entrepreneurs, which serve very small customer bases of no more than a few blocks in the city.
So what you have in Romania are very small, local area networks. These local networks started growing over time as more people joined them and grew into much larger LANs. LANS are a great way to make fast and yet inexpensive internet available to a specific area. Typically, the network operators install internet through overhead internet cables.
Because of this system of neighborhood networks, 16% of the internet connections in Romania have extremely high internet speeds of 100 Mbps, which is unthinkable in the U.S. However, while it is possible to have such neighborhood networks in a small country like Romania, they are unlikely to work in the United States, which is geographically one of the biggest countries in the world.
For this reason, we expect Romania to continue to have faster internet than the U.S. Check how fast is your internet speed on Do SpeedTest - the best internet speed test tool.
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