According to the results of a survey recently conducted by Akamai, the United States ranks 28th among countries across the globe with the fast mobile Internet connection speeds during the first three months of this year. While a 28th ranking out of a total of 62 countries is not bad (it is easily the best in the North, Central, and South American regions), the US finds itself below other countries such as Greece, Egypt, and even Estonia.
Akamai, a firm that specializes in cloud related services, stated in its report that mobile web users in America experienced connection speeds of 10.7 mbps on average during the first quarter of 2017. As mentioned in the preceding paragraph, this connection speed may be the fastest in the Americas, but it can not hold up against other markets across the globe, specifically the United Kingdom (which is the fastest in the planet with an average connection speed of 26 mbps), Belgium (16.2 mbps), Australia (15.7 mbps), and Slovakia (14 mbps). On the other end of the spectrum, the country with the slowest mobile Internet connection speed is Venezuela, with an average connection speed of just 2.8 mbps. Akamai was quick to note in its Q1 2017 State of the Internet report that the US actually fared better than most especially in the fixed line market, where the average speed has improved to 18.7 mbps, which represents a 22 percent improvement compared to the speed measured during the first quarter of last year.
As for global mobile Internet connection speeds in general, Akamai is enthusiastic to report that speeds are consistently on the rise. The firm attributes this steady improvement to more LTE installations, especially in emerging mobile markets around the world. Also, it also helps that mobile operators in more established and mature mobile markets are continuing to explore new forms of wireless technologies, with the upcoming 5G standard as a prime example.
The survey results show that among the eligible countries measures, a total of 32 had an average mobile Internet connection speed of at least 10 mbps, which is an improvement of the 30 total number during the previous quarter. Also, 60 countries had average speeds of at least 4 mbps, which is two more than the 58 from the quarter before.
Akamai also made special mention of specific countries that achieved significant improvements. Egypt, for instance, finally debuted its 4G service. Meanwhile, New Zealand’s government has revealed that 9 out of its 10 inhabitants now enjoy access to 4G, and it achieved this about a couple of years earlier than expected, because of aggressive deployment efforts by local mobile operators Spark and Vodafone New Zealand.
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