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Akamai: Internet Connection Speeds Rising

22 Oct, 2013 By: Chris Tribbey

Global peak Internet connection speeds are on the rise, with Asian countries showing the most improvement, according to a new study from Akamai Technologies.

During the second quarter of 2013, global average peak connection speeds hit 18.9 Mbps, up 17% year-over-year. Japan (48.8 Mbps), Taiwan (39.5 Mbps), Hong Kong (65.1 Mbps) and South Korea (53.3 Mbps) saw the highest connection speeds.

Year-over-year, average connection speeds were up 9.2%, and worldwide, 127 countries or regions saw a year-over-year increase in average connection speeds, from 0.6% in Argentina (2 Mbps) to 262% in Côte d'Ivoire (1.6 Mbps).

Global high-speed broadband adoption rose to 14%.

“The second quarter, 2013 State of the Internet Report notes some significant milestones and trends, including the fact that half of all connections to Akamai occurred at speeds of 4 Mbps or higher, a 25% increase since the first quarter of 2012,” said David Belson, editor of the report. “We also saw a decline in the number of countries/regions with average connection speeds of 1 Mbps or less — down to 11 from 14 in the last quarter — likely indicative of improved broadband connectivity across some of the slowest geographies. These positive trends bode well for the continued increase and adoption of broadband connectivity around the world.”

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