SLOVAKIA has come 30th in a chart of the best fixed-line broadband internet connections worldwide. The ranking stems from a report prepared by Cisco, the Hospodárske Noviny daily wrote in mid October. South Korea placed first, followed by Hong Kong, Japan and Iceland. Of the Visegrad Four countries, Hungary did best, coming 28th, followed by the Czech Republic in 29th. Slovakia shared 30th position with Poland. When evaluating the quality of broadband internet connections, Cisco assessed the upload and download speed and national coverage by fixed-line broadband internet.
Slovakia’s result was an improvement on its 33rd place last year.
According to the Cisco findings, 29 percent of households have access to broadband internet. Average download speeds reached almost 8.4 megabits per second while average upload speed exceeded 2 megabits per second.
In Slovakia, the best broadband internet is available in Košice, which is, from the viewpoint of the quality of its connections, the 13th most developed city in the world, according to Fernando Gill de Bernabe from Cisco. Bratislava followed in 23rd place worldwide. Košice’s local internet provider, Antik, which provides its clients with fibre-optic internet access at a speed of up to 64 megabits per second, contributed to the city’s solid ranking.
Although the survey listed Slovakia as being among the leaders in broadband quality for the first time, a wide gap still exists between the quality of internet connections in its large cities and its rural areas.
Cisco judged the first 14 countries in the survey as now being ready for the internet ‘applications of tomorrow’, for example high-definition internet television or high-quality video-communications services, compared to only one country in 2008.
15. Nov 2010 at 0:00 | Compiled by Spectator staff