Internet Speed: Eastern Europe vs Other Outsourcing Destinations

Internet Speed: Eastern Europe vs Other Outsourcing Destinations

When you have a remote team, one of the main things your employees need is a strong and stable internet connection. 

Although many websites recommend a minimum of 8-10 Mbps for download and 1-2 Mbps for upload, the necessary internet speed depends on the role of your employees. Are they just going to send e-mails and manage your social media? Or will they need to frequently download or upload large files? 

There are also some tools that your employees will probably need to use regardless of their role in the company.

For example, Zoom 1:1 video call requires internet speeds for download and upload to be between 600kps and 1.8Mbps. High definition Skype calls require an upload and download speed of at least 1.2 Mbps. If you add more people to the group call, these requirements increase.

Internet speed varies from location to location, and if you don’t have experience with remote workers, you may wonder whether outsourcing to foreign countries is a good idea.

That’s why we have prepared some figures to show you the download and upload speeds of different countries across Eastern Europe – and some figures to show you the internet speed of other common outsourcing destinations.

Internet Speed Across Eastern Europe

If you already have some Eastern European remote workers, you know that the internet connection in these countries is strong and stable. 

According to Speedtest.net, here’s the average download and upload speed of each of the Eastern European countries in July 2020:

Country Download Speed (Mbps) Upload Speed (Mbps) Latency (Ms)
Albania 36.02 16.68 23
Belarus 64.99 50.00 16
Bosnia and Herzegovina 34.37 8.09 22
Bulgaria 60.26 45.98 12
Croatia 35.31 16.80 28
Cyprus 32.03 9.36 21
Czech Republic 63.69 31.96 18
Estonia 66.46 51.15 16
Georgia 26.37 28.32 15
Hungary 146.61 70.42 16
Greece 29.99 7.13 35
Kosovo 46.83 19.18 12
Latvia 109.61 109.74 18
Lithuania 113.49 108.20 14
North Macedonia 33.28 21.67 22
Moldova 65.76 61.72 14
Montenegro 48.46 8.14 19
Poland 102.83 37.13 23
Romania 167.80 120.31 12
Russia 73.16 77.51 13
Serbia 63.30 16.82 17
Slovakia 85.11 33.43 20
Slovenia 77.69 24.15 18
Ukraine 58.01 60.86 14

 

As you can see, none of the countries in Eastern Europe have download speed slower than 25 Mbps. This is three times more than the recommended amount.

The lowest upload speed also exceeds the minimum recommended amount multiple times.

Latency, also known as ping rate, indicates the quality of the internet connection. More specifically, latency refers to how much time it takes for data to go from a user’s computer to the website they’re visiting and back. High latency can impact the internet connection even more than download/upload speed, and if you don’t want your workers to experience delays, most websites recommend less than 100 Ms for a stable connection. As you can see, the ping rate in Eastern European countries is more than suitable for remote work.

This means that you won’t have to worry about your Eastern European remote workers experiencing interruptions or lagging. 

Internet Speed Across The World

To give you a clear idea of how Eastern Europe compares with other countries, here is a map that shows the download speed across entire Europe in July 2020:

map of internet download speed in Europe

As you can see, all European countries have a very strong connection, suitable for remote work. Romania, Hungary, Lithuania and Latvia are at the very top, with average download speed over 100 Mbps.

This map shows the upload speed of European countries:

map of internet upload speed in Europe

Upload speed tends to be lower, but even the countries with the lowest internet speed in Eastern Europe still have a strong and stable connection, suitable for remote work. Internet connection is especially strong and stable in the former Soviet countries, some of which are the top destinations for outsourcing technical talent.

We’ve also gathered some info on the internet speed of some other common outsourcing destinations:

India

  • Download: 38. 19 Mbps
  • Upload: 34.20 Mbps

China

  • Download: 133.60 Mbps
  • Upload: 38.92 Mbps

The Philippines

  • Download: 23.74 Mbps
  • Upload: 23.46Mbps

Brazil

  • Download: 59.40 Mbps
  • Upload: 32.83 Mbps

Taiwan

  • Download: 122.59 Mbps
  • Upload: 105.66 Mbps

Egypt

  • Download: 23.01 Mbps
  • Upload: 6.17 Mbps

Conclusion

Wherever you choose to outsource from, make sure that your employees have a strong and stable internet connection. Some employers offer compensation for internet connection as a perk for their remote employees, but this won’t be necessary if you choose to outsource from the right country.

Our recommendation is hiring Eastern European remote workers, and a great internet connection is just one of the many reasons why more and more smart business owners are outsourcing to Eastern European countries.

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