A report came out last week about the fastest average internet speeds in the world. South Korea topped the list with an average 26.3 Mbps, more that four times the global average of 6.3Mbps.

Hong Kong was not far behind, tapping in at 20.1 Mbps, largely ahead of its APAC rival Singapore. The Scandinavian countries also showed healthy speeds. The following list shows the world’s top 10:

The list was compiled by Akamai and published by Quartz and the World Economic Forum. If you care to read the full story, click here.

Why Hong Kong?

Hong Kong has one of the world’s most sophisticated and advanced telecommunications infrastructures, and currently houses 44 datacenters (with more on the way). They currently have nine regional and trans-Pacific submarine cable systems. It is a veritable broadband paradise.  On the public side, Hong Kong has the or one of the world’s highest penetration rates of mobile devices (including smartphones) and household broadband. Just look around, everyone is connected. And if you are thinking that Hong Kong is subjected to the ‘Great Chinese Firewall’, think again. Internet flows as freely here as it does in the US or Europe.