The world’s landmarks with the strongest internet signal and connection have been revealed in a new study.
Measure signal strength and availability of Wi-Fi, Uswitch ranked tourist hotspots around the world by Internet connection.
Whether you want crystal-clear quality for your Zoom meetings or the freedom to work anywhere in the world, having fast internet speeds is an essential part of working remotely.
But which monuments have the best connection?
The Great Wall of China is the world’s worst connected monument
China ranks first for the countries with the most mobile numbers used. Despite this, the Great Wall of China is one of the least well connected places.
Visitors will receive around 2 Mbps of cellular data when they visit the Great Wall of China – which is shocking when you consider that the average internet speed in the country is 148 Mbps. To put this into perspective, all it takes is for a household to broadcast to six devices at the same time in Ultra-HD.
The Golden Gate Bridge, the Statue of Liberty and the Sydney Opera House in the lead
With an abundance of free Wi-Fi and some of the fastest 4Gs in the world, it’s not hard to see why these interconnected cities occupy the top three spots on the list.
You will be able to choose the perfect Instagram filter in seconds and video call your colleagues with clear image.
The Eiffel Tower is the best connected European monument
Life is pink in Paris! The Eiffel Tower is the first European monument to appear on the list and occupies fourth place.
Whether you sit down with a latte on the Ombres rooftop terrace or explore the Because De Cloud, you’ll have no problem working remotely thanks to 31Mbps internet speeds and extensive Wi-Fi connections. Fi free.
Work among members of the royal family at Buckingham Palace
More than 50,000 people visit Buckingham Palace each year in the hope of seeing His Royal Highness.
London is one of the most connected cities and has one of the best 5G networks in the world. Despite this, the palace only ranks 7th on the list with internet speeds of 23 Mbps.
Complete your work before you finish building the Sagrada Familia
This Catalan city offers a wealth of rich history and culture – and the Mediterranean Sea – so it’s no wonder that so many tourists flock to Barcelona every year. The Sagrada Familia takes fifth place.
Embrace the heat of Barcelona with your laptop ready to meet deadlines while having magnificent views of the Great Basilica. With internet speeds of 31 Mbps, you will have no problem posting a snapshot.
Bangkok beats Paris and Barcelona for free Wi-Fi available
The city of Bangkok is teeming with rich history, culture and architectural beauty.
And a visit to the Grand Palace is at the top of tourist bucket lists for a reason. The Grand Palais may be one of the oldest monuments in our top 10, but that does not prevent the strength of the mobile signal available on this historic monument.
A word of advice
If you are counting the days until your next trip, it is important to think about how to get the most out of your mobile when traveling abroad.
Here are our top tips:
- Check if you are likely to incur roaming charges
- Download offline maps of the region you are visiting
- Stock up on travel apps
- Protect your phone and its contents
- Make sure you can charge your phone quickly and easily
Catherine Hiley, mobile expert at Uswitch.com, gives us her own recommendations. :
“If the past year has taught us anything, it’s how quickly we can adapt to remote working. While it can be impractical to work from tourist attractions, remote working provides more opportunities for employees to escape the traditional 9 to 5 office lifestyle and work around the world.
“Our study examines which of these iconic landmarks has the most accessible internet speed and where it will be easier to stay connected when working remotely abroad,” she says.
Here’s a rundown of the best and worst benchmarks for connecting:
The best connected monuments
- Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco
- Statue of Liberty, New York
- Sydney Opera House, Sydney
- The Eiffel Tower, Paris
- La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain
- The Grand Palace, Bangkok
- Buckingham Palace, London
The worst connected landmarks
- Blue Mosque, Istanbul
- Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia
- Petra, Petra, Jordan
- Taj Mahal, Agra, India
- The Great Pyramid of Giza, Cairo, Egypt
- Victoria Falls, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
- The Great Wall of China, China