The U.S. has quite the history of mediocre worldwide broadband rankings.

  • In 2008, the U.S. was ranked fifteenth in the world by one study for wireless penetration, thirteenth in average price per connection, and nineteenth in average advertised download speed, according to data from the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD).
  • In 2009, another study done reported that U.S. customers had an average downstream speed of 3.9 Mbps, or 17th fastest globally.
  • In 2011, the FCC collected and analyzed broadband data on service plans and pricing in 38 countries. The U.S. ranked 9th out of 29 countries when it comes to mobile broadband adoption on a per capita basis, and 12th out of 33 countries when it comes to the percentage of households with fixed broadband.
  • Several months ago, the latest Akamai State of the Internet reported the U.S. averages 11.1 Mbps per connection, ranking the U.S. 16th in the world.


Fast forward to today and the U.S. has taken gigantic steps forward to becoming a worldwide leader in broadband speeds.

Just kidding.

The United States may be among the leaders in terms of LTE network coverage and subscribers but in terms of mean throughput, the country is squarely in the middle of the pack, at least according to a new report from Kwicr. – FierceWireless

After reviewing data from millions of users in hundreds of countries for three months, Kwicr found that the average cellular network connection in the U.S. was 1.97 Mbps. This put the U.S. behind many other countries with faster average speeds such as Germany (2.04 Mbps), Russia (2.10 Mbps), South Korea (2.11 Mbps), France (3.05 Mbps) and Singapore (3.55 Mbps). The U.S. also struggled with cellular network packet-loss.