When it comes to surfing the Internet, Filipinos may have to be extra patient.
This, as the Philippines was listed among the slowest countries in the world for loading Web pages on a desktop computer, according to a study from the Internet giant Google.
The Philippines, with an average Web page loading speed on desktops of 15.4 seconds, was named the world’s second slowest behind Indonesia’s 20.3 seconds, said a Bloomberg report which cited Google's study .
The Slovak Republic meanwhile has the fastest average time with 3.3 seconds, the report showed.
South Korea, the second fastest in desktop speeds, was also the zippiest in loading Web pages using mobile devices with an average loading time of 4.8 seconds while the slowest country in mobile was United Arab Emirates with 26.7 seconds, it added.
Here’s the complete list of the top and bottom 10 countries both in desktop and mobile speeds for loading Web pages according to Google:
Top 10 in Desktop Speeds (in seconds)
Slovak Republic (3.3)
South Korea (3.5)
Czech Republic (3.7)
Bottom 10 in Desktop Speeds (in seconds)
Top 10 in Mobile Speeds (in seconds)
South Korea (4.8)
Hong Kong (5.9)
Czech Republic (6.3)
Slovak Republic (7.6)
Bottom 10 in Mobile Speeds (in seconds)
Saudi Arabia (21.2)
United Arab Emirates (26.7)
Bloomberg said Google measured Web page load speeds on desktop computers and mobile devices in 50 countries with the fastest Internet connections earlier this month.
The report noted that the United States was somewhere in the middle. “On the desktop, it took an average of 5.7 seconds. On a mobile device it took 9.2 seconds to load, which for many folks here, feels like an eternity,” it said.
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