Among North America's airports, Sea-Tac has the fastest free WiFi


Seattle's Sea-Tac has the fastest free WiFi among major North American airports, according to a report by Ookla, which powers the Speedtest website.

Speedtest results from January through April showed Seattle's download speed to be 103 megabits per second (Mbps), more than double what it was a year ago.

Among the 24 other airports measured by Ookla, Denver offers the second-fastest WiFi with a download speed of 78.68 Mbps. Calgary leads major Canadian airports and came in third overall in North America with a download speed of 67.23 Mbps.

This past year brought improvements to most of the 24 airports listed in Ookla study. Notably, Atlanta's WiFi download speed jumped from a creeping pace of 2.68 Mbps to 59.62 Mbps. The download speed at Orlando International increased from 7.96 mbps to 30.46 Mbps.

Still, Ookla said that many airports still have much progress to be made.

"There are far too many airports on this list with a mean download of less than 10 Mbps. Free Wi-Fi is good. Free Wi-Fi that's fast enough to keep travelers happily entertained is even better," the company said.

Six of the airports Ookla analyzed have download speeds below 10 Mbps, with Minneapolis, Toronto and, lastly, Montreal filling the bottom three spots.

Detroit, Miami and Dallas-Fort Worth recorded the steepest WiFi speed declines over the past year, with Detroit, the worst of the lot, showing a 58.9% decrease.


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