I find US servers are kinda slow, I'm in the UK.
Level3 have a broken cable between the UK/US as well at the moment which has effected some ISP's here (not mine, it's just slow) as all the Level3 US traffic is being rerouted via EU countries.
The problem is that many of the major carriers here in the USA do not service all or any of Europe. So what you see is patched between networks and finally your ISP. Level3 does service most of Europe and USA, but as mentioned, they have a cable problem currently (servicing Europe).
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I'm not from US, but if the server is uploading a max rate, shouldn't I be downloading at max speed?
Its more than just that, pipes can get congested every now and then so you may not be getting your maximim speed, also, ISPs tend to oversubscribe so you will mopst likely never reach the bandwidth that is stated on your plan unless it is local traffic.
I'm actually from asia. But does that apply as well?
Mathelic, it all depends on your connection speed with your ISP. You may* burst full speed from your ISP if you find a datacenter/server near you that runs on a port speed higher than you. If you are contacting across the globe, then your download/upload speed to the server will be a lot slower compared to the ones near you.