Global internet speeds increasing, report shows

20 Apr 2010

Internet speed grew even speedier in eight of the Top 10 countries or regions in terms of internet speed in 2009’s final quarter, a report released today suggests.

Akamai’s ‘State of the Internet Report‘ shows that among those top areas, South Korea, Hong Kong and Japan ranked as having the best internet performance globally. They averaged connection speeds higher than 7.5Mbps in the fourth quarter.

South Korea, which was actually hit by a 29pc slump in performance year-over-year, still reached the No 1 position with 11.7Mbps.

A total of 234 countries were tracked, with an average connection speed of 3.8 Mbps, a 2.5pc drop from the previous year.

At the end of 2009, 96 countries had connection speeds lower than 1Mbps, which is down slightly from 103 countries below 1Mbps in the third quarter.

Only three countries or regions, Mayotte, Wallis and Futuna, and Guyana, had speeds less than 100Kbps, less than half as many as in the third quarter.

The overall global average connection speed was 1.7 Mbps, a drop of 1pc from the prior quarter.

The United States landed at No. 22 on the list. In terms of Europe, the report states the continent has a 68pc broadband adoption, with an average internet speed of 3,536Kbps.

Chart courtesy of Akamai