If you live in some parts of the UK, especially rural areas, you might be suffering just a tad of frustration when you want to view a website and seem to be waiting ages for the content to download. To be fair to the website owners and their web designers, it probably is not because of file sizes being too large to download but more likely to be the internet speed accessible by your desktop pc, mobile or tablet device.
Broadband speeds (cable and fibre) in the UK can achieve as high a figure as 43 megabits per second mark according to a recent BBC News Technology Report but for many people outside the big cities the average is around 7-13 Mbps. Click here to view the full article. That kind of speed was dreamed about just a few years ago but with more people using the web, with greater use of graphics and video clips, especially within social media platforms such as Facebook, YouTube and Google+, the scenario has definitely attracted a ‘can and must do better’ approach from the telecommunications sector.
Web Connection Speed Race Leaders
So here’s an interesting question. Which country might you imagine to have the fastest Internet connection speed on the planet?
For most people the likely answer would be the United States … and they would be wrong. According to statistics currently available, the country acknowledged to be the world’s leading country for broadband connection speed is South Korea where they are getting ready for 10 gigabits per second!
Benefits To Web Design
The reason we take an interest in web connection speed is because it holds obvious benefits for web design. The speed with which we can edit an existing website, upload new images, install and update plugins is an important factor. So, the faster the web connection speed, the faster we do our work – and the cheaper the cost to the client!