According to the latest quarterly State of the Internet report (for the first quarter of 2016) released by Akamai, global average connection speed has risen 12 percent compared to the final quarter of 2015, to 6.3 mbps. Compared to the average connection speed during the first quarter of 2015, this represents a 23 percent improvement year over year.
The State of the Internet report published every three months by Akamai looks into web connection speeds around the world. This year, determining how fast people connect to the Internet will be as important as ever, especially with the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil just around the corner. Millions of users will surely find themselves online tuning in to the Olympic games.
In the newest published report, Akamai’s findings indicate that South Korea continues its streak of capturing the crown when it comes to the fastest average connection speed, posting 29 mbps, which represents an 8.6 percent increase compared to the previous quarter. On second and third place are two Scandinavian countries, namely Norway and Sweden. The country with the highest average peak connection speed is Singapore, who also nabbed this title in Akamai’s fourth quarter of 2015 report. With 146.9 mbps, Singapore improved 8.3 percent compared to the previous quarter’s showing.
Akamai’s extensive report also offers information on network connectivity, plus broadband adoption metrics across fixed and mobile networks, as well as the adoption progress of version 6 of the Internet Protocol (IPv6) over version 4 (IPv4). Interestingly, the United States did not crack the top 10 in terms of average connection speed around the world. But the US however is ranked in sixth place in terms of IPv6 traffic percentage, beating countries such as Japan and France. The number of unique IPv4 addresses involved in Akamai’s study decreased to just over 808 million, or a 0.2 percent quarterly drop -- around 1.8 million lesser that what was registered during the final quarter of last year. In terms of IPv6 adoption, Belgium is considered the best, with 36 percent of its connections occurring over IPv6, down 3.1 percent compared to the previous quarter.
Across the globe, 4 mbps broadband adoption was at 73 percent, increasing 5.4 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2015. South Korea had the highest level of penetration at a whopping 97 percent. This country also was the leader across the 10 mbps, 15 mbps, and 25 mbps broadband categories.
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