Global Average Internet Speed Grows to 6.3 Mbps

Akamai reports upward trending in ‘Global Connection Speeds’ and ‘Broadband Adoption
Global Average Internet Speed Grows to 6.3 Mbps
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02 July, 2016

Meanwhile, global average peak connection speed increased 6.8% to 34.7 Mbps in the first quarter, rising 14% year-over-year. Even that strays below countries not usually considered bastions of mobile connectivity, though, including Angola, Russia, and Peru. Surprisingly, for IPv4 connections, Indonesia ranked third in the world for average peak connection speed with 110 Mbps, beating perennial awesome internet-speed-haver South Korea (103.6 Mbps), which came in fourth.

Only in Delaware, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and D.C.do over half of online connections enjoy an average connection speed of 15 Mbps or greater, considered the minimum for 4K video. Singapore continues to be the country with the highest average peak connection at 146.9 Mbps and experienced a 14% increase year over year. No state yet reaches the FCC's 25 Mbps broadband threshold, but D.C.is close.

Many of the UK's networks have pledged to improve mobile 4G speeds across the country as consumers look to use more data than ever.

At this moment in time, not one USA state had average connection speeds that breached the FCC benchmark.

The average mobile download speed in the United States is 5.1 Mbps. Kentucky, Idaho and Alaska were the slowest, with average connection speeds of 10.9 Mbps, Akamai said.

The nation with slowest mobile Internet connections was Algeria, with 2.2 Mbps.

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The US had an average connection speed of 5.1 Mbps for the first quarter of 2016, lower than Turkey, Kenya, and Paraguay, and on a par with Thailand. Only 4.8 per cent of users have access to 4mbps broadband connections, while globally 78 per cent of users had such access.

Inside the U.S the District of Columbia was the fastest with an average connection speed of 24.0 for a 48 percent year-over-year gain.

Closing The Digital Gap In The U.S.

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Within the United States, Washington D.C. holds the highest average peak connection speeds at 93.0 Mbps. Google Fiber will soon be expanding to a number of cities, while there are an increasing number of local initiatives by state and local governments, the report said.

Data and graphics from the first quarter, 2016 state of the Internet report can be found on the Akamai State of the Internet site and through the Akamai State of the Internet app for iOS and Android devices.


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