World’s fastest internet is in Asia

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Asia is rapidly cementing its position as the centre for top-speed internet access, revealed the latest study by Akamai Technologies.

The study, which looked at internet traffic flowing via Akamai’s global network from July to September, showed that the top four spots were all in Asia.

In the ranking based on average peak connection speeds, Hong Kong was the fastest with 65.4 Mbps, followed by South Korea with 63.6 Mbps, Japan with 52 Mbps and Singapore with 50.1 Mbps. With Taiwan grabbing the eighth spot, Asian locations accounted for 50 per cent of the top ten.

Almost all of the key Asia-Pacific markets monitored by Akamai showed improved peak connection speeds of at least 12 per cent from the previous year. Indonesia was the only Asian country to post a decline; a 30 per cent year-on-year drop to 9.7 megabits per second effectively placed it in 115th position. India is Asia’s sole major market to land behind Indonesia as it recorded an average speed of 9 Mbps.

Rapidly growing tech start-up hub Israel jumped into the fifth spot as it clocked an average peak speed of 47.7 Mbps, while smaller European countries accounted for the rest of the top ten.

In 2012, Japan, South Korea and Singapore were also listed among the top five countries that posted the highest mobile-broadband penetration, according to a report by UN agency International Telecommunication Union.

Each of those Asian countries saw more than 100 mobile-data connections for every 100 inhabitants, which implies that people there are using more than one connected device.