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Akamai: U.S. No. 8 in Global Internet Connection Speeds

28 Jan, 2014 By: Chris Tribbey

The United States saw its average Internet connection speeds grow 13% year over year during the third quarter of 2013 to 9.8 Mbps, but that still has the country ranked eighth worldwide — behind South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong and others — according to a new report.

According to the report from Akamai, the global average Internet connection speed grew 10% during the quarter to 3.6 Mbps, though at peak hours the average connection speed actually declined 5.2% to 17.9 Mbps. South Korea still holds claim to the highest average connection speed at 22.1 Mbps.

In the U.S., the District of Columbia was No. 1 in average Internet speeds, with 13.5 Mbps, with Massachusetts, Virginia, Delaware and Maryland rounding out the top five.

Average connections speeds worldwide grew 29% year over year.

“In the third quarter of 2013, we observed that long-term growth in average and average peak connection speeds remained strong, as did growth in global broadband and high broadband adoption rates,” said David Belson, editor of Akamai’s third quarter “State of the Internet” report. “We believe these trends point to continued improvement in the quality and performance of Internet connectivity in countries around the world.”

During the third quarter, average mobile network connection speeds were as high as 9.5 Mbps, but also hit lows of 0.6 Mbps. The volume of mobile data traffic was up 80% year over year.

Akamai’s report also made note that distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks — which attempt to overload sites — were targeted at media and entertainment companies “significantly fewer” times than in previous quarters.

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