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London Ranked 10th Best City in the World for Connected Travellers

Saturday, June 22nd, 2019 (12:01 am) - Score 1,517

A new study by TravelSim has analysed the number of free wifi hotspots, cost per MegaByte of data, average broadband speeds (mobile / wireless) and the number of hotels and airports with free wifi in 19 of the world’s most visited destinations to find the best and worst cities to stay connected whilst travelling.

Overall Paris (France) took the top spot, which was thanks in no small part to the city having the highest number of wifi hotspots per km2 (3,547) and free wifi was also available from 1,847 hotels and B&B’s. The average speed in Paris is 24Mbps (double that of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) and that’s “just over the world average of 22.95Mbps” according to the data.

By comparison London ranked 10th and appeared to be tied in that position with Palma de Mallorca (Spain) and Kuala Lumpar (Malaysia). The UK city has the most airports with free wifi (5), one of the lowest costs per MB of data (£0.03), an average internet speed of 16Mbps, 450 wifi hotspots per km2 and 1,714 hotels and B&B’s with free wifi.

We assume the focus here is on mobile broadband and WiFi connectivity because the average speeds data seems like it probably overlooks fixed line broadband, which is also largely irrelevant to travellers. The average speeds data itself appears to be sourced from Nomadlist, which isn’t clear about how it arrived at the results (take with a pinch of salt).

The Top 19 Best Connected Cities

City Country Score out of 100
Paris France 69
Pattaya Thailand 48
Barcelona Spain 46
New York United States of America 35
Singapore Singapore 31
Milan Italy 30
Hong Kong Hong Kong 24
Seoul South Korea 20
Osaka Japan 18
Palma de Mallorca Spain 16
London United Kingdom 16
Kuala Lumpar Malaysia 16
Tokyo Japan 14
Bali Indonesia 14
Bangkok Thailand 14
Phuket Thailand 9.6
Istanbul Turkey 7.3
Antalya Turkey 6
Dubai United Arab Emirates 4

Sadly Dubai (United Arab Emirates) sits at the bottom, which is despite its reputation for being very modern. The city charged the highest price for one MB of data at £4.44 and having an average internet speed of just 8Mbps (twice as slow as the likes of London, three times slower than Paris and over ten times slower than Singapore).

Antalya and Istanbul in Turkey both also scored low in the index, with Istanbul’s internet speed dropping to 7Mbps. Antalya, Turkey has the least number of free wifi hotspots with only 7,129 across the city, and only 5 per km2. You can check out the source data for all this online (here).

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Mark Jackson
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Mark is a professional technology writer, IT consultant and computer engineer from Dorset (England), he also founded ISPreview in 1999 and enjoys analysing the latest telecoms and broadband developments. Find me on Twitter, , Facebook and Linkedin.
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5 Responses
  1. Avatar jason says:

    Yeah right these clowns can’t install fibre to the home and they say it’s the best city. How come poor countries in eastern europe they have less money then england and almost in every street fibre 1gbps available. Here dial ups and be happy hahah nobody cares.

    1. Avatar CarlT says:

      They didn’t say it was the best city it came 10th.

      If you’d like to take a break in between incoherently ranting you may want to actually try reading the story and even click on the link to the source data.

      Failing that perhaps try and avoid being so drunk by 8:22pm?

  2. Avatar Jigsy says:

    I don’t buy this for a second. How can London have better Internet than Tokyo?

  3. Avatar satish shah says:

    Would be good to see where is India in the ranking as the mobile voice/data cost are most competitive in the world.

  4. Avatar Satish Shah says:

    It is easier and cheaper to buy local SIM.

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