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Iceland is the country with the highest Internet penetration in the world.

Can you imagine a single day without the internet? Guess not! Internet connectivity has taken over the population completely in the past few years. Today, even people from a remote area can afford internet packages as per their convenience. Though few countries have like the USA, Portugal, Canada, Sweden, Latvia, Singapore, and many more have free Wi-Fi facility, there are some like Paraguay, Venezuela, Yemen, Gabon, Egypt who are still struggling to get proper internet connectivity. But a country like Iceland is found to have the highest penetration fo the internet in the world.

In the recent survey, it has been found that Iceland has the highest record of 98.2% (now nearing 100%) internet penetration in the world trailed closely by several northern European countries such as Norway (96.8 percent), Luxembourg (97.3 percent), and Denmark (96.3 percent). There has been a big spike in the number of internet users in the Middle-East from 2009 to 2019 with the reported internet penetration rate of 20% to 70%. The United States has the highest percentage of internet users with a record of approximately 75% of the public using the internet.

The use of the internet in Iceland is extensive. Iceland has been at the vanguard of accepting new internet access technologies initiating in the early 1990s with dial-up networks. Currently, 1Gbit/s speeds are accessible to almost 80% of republics via full-fiber systems. Nova is Iceland’s Speed test Awards Winner for fixed network speed during Q1-Q2 2018. To win this award, Nova attained a Speed Score of 259.45, with top download speeds of 895.38 Mbps and top upload speeds of 919.41 Mbps.

So, whoever is thinking to avoid visiting Iceland because of its remote location, don’t forget that the tech-savvy people of Iceland rank among the top internet users in the world. Being in Iceland, you will never come across any internet-related issue for your web-enabled devices. Siminn, Fjarskipti Ehf, Hringidan EHF / Vortex Inc, and Vodafone Iceland, Hringdu, Hringiðan, Nova are amongst the numerous Internet Service Providers (ISPs) distributing broadband to Iceland.

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The Government of Iceland’s target is for 99% of homes and trades to have access to at smallest 100Mbit/s speeds by the year 2022. The government has promised in a program called Island Ljóstengt streaming from 2016 to 2020. It supplies FTTH(GPON) distribution to 5,500 countryside locations allowing this target to be accomplished. Iceland’s first undersea cable offering packet substituting, CANTAT-3 had a primary power of 2 x 2.5 Gbit/s to Denmark, Germany, and the Faroe Islands.

CANTAT-3 is now out of usual use for internet traffic in Iceland and is run by Teleglobe for oil platforms. Censorship is forbidden by the Icelandic Constitution and there is a strong custom of safeguarding freedom of expression that ranges to the usage of the Internet. Thus, the apt management and the use of the right technology at the right time plays a very important role in making even the country technically strong.

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