ping time is relative to the speed of light mostly.From my place California to my place in France it's 180ms, because it's 9000 Km away. Some of this is latency through equipment along the path, most of it is speed of light limit
You ping time to USA will always be higher than to Netherlands.
In France I use to be on ADSL2+, download was about 14Mbps (1.4MB/s), but the upstream was a crapy 900Kbps ( about 90K/s). That's the main issue with analog tech for communications. Here in USA I use to be on a cable connection (75Mbps/15Mbps) which wasn't bad, bit now with the current fiber connections on both end I don't even think twice if I need to download or upload something.
I even have an IPSec tunnel between the 2 and can easily push 100Mbps (10MB/s) through the tunnel in both direction (limits is not my routers but something in between caps encrypted traffic as if I test with the routers directly connected to each other as I have some extra one to test here, I get the full 1Gbps via the encrypted tunnel).
As I said, I'm very lucky to finally have fiber on both side. And yes, I do get the full 1Gbps on downloads, mostly on iTunes, Torrent (legal ones), ISO download (Linux...), anything hosted in Amazon Web Services, Anything in Amazon S3 .. and more and more company do use this (I use to have my own server in my rack in the garage and needed ISP that can give me static IP for this.. I had a big ISP outage, move it all to AWS and S3, never looked back). So these speed can be useful (also for 4K streaming
) and more and more services can support these speed.