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A new report says vast difference remain among Arab countries in terms of digital and Internet infrastructure.
Cable, a worldwide broadband speed tracker, released the 2018 World Broadband Speed League report, ranking 200 countries based on average Internet speed.
According to the report, Bahrain led the Arab world, with an average Internet speed of 5.05 Mbps (good for 90th worldwide). The United Arab Emirates ranked 97th worldwide with an average speed of 4.35 Mbps. Jordan came in at 102nd at 4.11 Mbps, and Saudi Arabia was 104th at 4.09 Mbps.
Near the bottom, Syria came in a 18th in the Arab world – and 194th worldwide – at 0.81 Mbps. Mauritania was 195th at 0.70 Mbps. Somalia was 197th at 0.60 Mbps. Yemen came in last at 0.31 Mbps.
Average speeds for the report were measured by uploading a five-gigabyte (high-definition) video.
Worldwide, Singapore led the way with an average speed of 60.39 Mbps. In second was Sweden at 46 Mbps, while Denmark was third at 43.99 Mbps.
Worldwide, average speeds rose from 6.96 Mbps in 2017 to 9.10 Mbps in 2018, according to the report.