North American Vs. Japanese Internet [PIC]

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In North America:  Download Speed; 9343 kb/s, Upload Speed; 776 kb/s for 60$/month.  And in Japanese:  Download Speed; 77732 kb/s, Upload Speed;12915kb/s for free. But it’s cause they’re densely populated. Hmm, Wait, What?

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  • You know, that’s not entirely fair. Canadian internet access is much worse than American Internet. Of course the japanese are going to be better anyway, but I bet USA would give better results than CAN.

    Just a thought.

  • Canadian Internet speeds used to be great, but now it’s lagging behind a bit. We have very high adoption rates though, and it’s cheap.

  • To be perfectly honest, speedtest only has info from people who did the tests. From my experience people who use computers just to check their e-mail, like my grandparents, will not go to speedtest. They are also the majority of the population, who just get the cheapest deal. Read the pdf below and pay close attention to the second number.

    US = 4.9 Mbps average down
    Can = 7.6 Mbps average down

    I have used speedtest before and I have achieved more than 10 Mbps down.

    @john – don’t state your opinion as a fact and don’t add “just a thought”

    @netmusme…learn how to find credible sources

    …Just a thought!!!

  • dont forget that everything is monitored and censored in japan…I’ll take my 12 mpbs for 60$ a month and go where ever I please

  • Come on, folks, this one is not hard. Ranking US, Canada, and Japan from lowest internet speed to highest gives their rankings from most military spending to least and least infrastructure spending to most.

    Of course Japan will outperform just about any other nation technologically; they have a defense-only military.

  • I think that most of us in the US don’t get anywhere near 6 meg speed, and if we did, it would cost a lot more than $60/month.

  • @netmusme
    To be perfectly honest, that is the first place I went to to get my information, but after seeing that the report was from 2006 I did not want to refer to it. Communication technologies have experienced a growth spurt in the past few years. Now a friend of mine has told me that he can get 50 Mbps service in the state of New York. I know Rogers are working on a faster service here and that they used to offer their employees an “exclusive” service a few years back – 2004 @ 16 Mbps. You have to understand that US has the technology to be at the top, but their pricing and what the population wants to pay for high speed do not match and will not match for a while. The report I referenced talks about average speed, not “possible” or “maximum” speed.

  • You think you have it bad. The internet in Australia works by carrier pigeon. Five firds died of exhaustion just sending this post.

  • You would not believe the prices / speeds in New Zealand. NZ is still in the stone ages when it comes to broadband.

  • No, their internet is not free. Also it does matter for density. They showed 1 of our many metropolis, we have to cover more than just NYC, or LA. We cover Ohio, Kentucky and the other very very non dense areas that they do not have. They only have that tiny area, we have 48 states to cover for main region that covers vast places and are stretching broadband across it. Do I want faster internet? Who doesn’t? But to compare 145,883 square miles to 3,794,066 square miles is a bit ridiculous. If we only had to cover say Texas (268,820 square miles) we’d most likely be able to destroy them. If you want it accurate, show the other 49 metropolis cities in US beside their 1.

  • WAIT…

    Are you SERIOUSLY freaking comparing population densities between Canada and Japan?

    Canada = 3/km^2
    Japan = 339/km^2

    Which means Japan is more than a hundred times more populated.
    Which means population density comparison fail.

    Please tell me you all are aware of this.

  • First of all, Japan is smaller than the state of California (337.8k km2 to 423.9k km2) – the idea of gutting their communications infrastructure and replacing it on shorter intervals is considerably more practical and economically feasible than a country like the US or Canada.

    Many large metropolitans in North America are gradually upgrading to newer technologies like fiber. Also consider that amount of land mass between metros and other access points and you’ll understand why whatever point you’re trying to make is invalid.

    So stop your bitching, accept the fact that you live in a ginormous country with considerable land mass, and grow up.

  • Australian ADSL2+ is about the same as that canadian result (or much faster or slower, depending on location), for 50% more money.

  • Brazil internet connection…

    1mbps > 106 royals = 44 dollars

    basic plan:

    300kbps > 72 royals = 30 dollars…


  • @Koron – Canada’s population of 3people/km² is hardly uniformly-distributed across the country. Toronto’s population density is not much lower than Tokyo’s.

  • Internet is NOT free in Japan (I mean there’s no download limit, but you must still pay a monthly fee for connecting). Also, I’m only getting a 1/3 of the speeds you mention ( I’m living in Yokohama – next to Tokyo). Plus, the net drops out here quite frequently, often for a few hours. Still, its better than anything I could get in Australia.

    That said, I’ve found that Korea has the fastest, cheapest and most reliable internet connections in my experience.

  • It’s because the us government feels the need to approve all new technologies before they’re publicly available here. For tax, control, and public safety reasons.

  • @ Jack, yes. I think there’s something like 12 or 14 Metropolis in Japan. It’s still not close to America’s. In any sense the density in which the countries have is still vastly different.

    They also tested a slower connection, FIOS is available with home plans I believe up to 50mbps with 100mbps plans in the works being tested. However that isn’t fully available to all US.