Ookla, a U.S.-based web service that ranks internet connection worldwide, on Oct. 28 said Korea had the fastest mobile internet speed among 138 countries surveyed. (Screen capture from website of Speedtest's Global Index chart on left and Speedtest Awards' chart on right)


By Kim Minji


Korea has led the world in mobile internet speed for the past two months.

Ookla, a U.S.-based web service that ranks internet connection worldwide, on Oct. 28 said Korea had the world's fastest mobile download speed among 138 countries tested in August and last month.

Ookla's Speedtest Global Index found that the country's mobile download speed was 121 Mbps, or three times higher than the global average of 35.96 Mbps. Korea also had the world's fastest speed in August with 113.01 Mbps.

In May last year, Korea topped the world in mobile download speed with 76.75 Mbps, replacing Norway, which finished second that month after being No. 1 for about a year.

On Korea's jump in the rankings, Ookla said, "5G dramatically boosts speeds."

China last month finished second with 113.35 Mbps and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) third with 109.43 Mbps.

Ookla also said Korea's SK Telecom was the world's second-fastest mobile network from this year's second quarter to the third, trailing only Etisalat of the UAE.

kimmj7725@korea.kr

 

The Ministry of Science and ICT on Oct. 15 said it will supply an unlicensed 6-gigahertz frequency band. The photo shows a KT technician on Sept. 24 installing equipment to boost Wi-Fi quality at a market in Seoul's Jung-gu District. (Yonhap News)



By Xu Aiying and Yoon Sojung

The speed of Wi-Fi will get five times faster. 


The Ministry of Science and ICT on Oct. 15 said it will supply an unlicensed 6-gigahertz frequency band.

This means broader channel width and more channels than those of existing Wi-Fi, allowing data transmission at the same speed as that of 5G.

The new service will feature a massive boost in communication speed, and be made available free to everyone at crowded public and indoor facilities such as large-size cafes, schools and public transit stations.

To launch the six-gigahertz band, the ministry said it will not only supply the service but also promote support for next-generation Wi-Fi demonstration projects and their commercial application by small and medium companies.


xuaiy@korea.kr

 

 


 

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