Global internet speed up 5.2%: Akamai

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The world’s average internet speed in Q2 2013 climbed by 5.2 per cent compared to the previous quarter to reach 3.3 megabits per second (Mbps), while average peak speed edged up 0.1 per cent to 18.9 Mbps, according to the latest report from Akamai.

Overall, South Korea has the fastest average connection speed of 13.3 Mbps, followed by Japan (12 Mbps), Switzerland (11 Mbps), Hong Kong (10.8 Mbps) and Latvia (10.6 Mbps).

The country with the sixth fastest average connection speed is the Netherlands (10.1 Mbps), followed by the Czech Republic (9.8 Mbps) and the United States (8.7 Mbps). Sweden and the UK complete the top ten, with both countries averaging 8.4 Mbps.

Hong Kong was found to have the fastest connection speed, with the average peak speed hitting up to 65.1 Mbps, while South Korea clinched the second spot with 53.3 Mbps. Average peak speed in the US is only 36.3 Mbps.

Despite the relatively low global average, 50 per cent of all internet connections are presently at four Mbps or higher, said the world’s leading Internet content delivery network.

“Half of all connections to Akamai occurred at speeds of four Mbps or higher, a 25 per cent increase since the first quarter of 2012,” noted the report’s editor, David Belson.

Moreover, the number of regions and countries with average speeds of one Mbps or lower are diminishing, which can be taken as a sign that broadband internet is penetrating more remote places in the world, he added.


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