Out of curiosity, I tested speed of my internet connection. The results were strange and perplexing. I hypothesized that the closer the server is, the faster the internet speed.
Testing at Adelaide gave me this result which is the fastest speed I achieved in this test.
From Auckland, the speed was lower than Adelaide.
Testing at further sites around the globe gave me mixed results.
Testing two sites from Malaysia highlight the differences.
In conclusion, my hypotheses was proven wrong. The distance does not necessarily affect the speed of internet connection. I guess it must be something to do with the settings of firewall at the server or type of internet cables present in the region.
You can test speed of your internet connection at speedtest.net