Global Average Internet Connection Speed Rises 26 Percent in 4Q16

Akamai's State of the Internet Report pegs the global average internet connection speed at 7.0 Mbps.

By Sean Michael Kerner | Posted Mar 9, 2017
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Akamai Technologies' Fourth Quarter 2016 State of the Internet Report was released on March 8, providing insight into the latest trends of global internet connectivity.

From a speed perspective, the global internet keeps getting faster, with the average global connection speed in the fourth quarter reaching 7.0 Mbps, for a 26 percent year-over-year increase.

Once again, South Korea had the fastest average connection speed of any nation in the world, with a 4Q16 speed of 26.1 Mbps. The U.S ranked 14th globally with a 4Q16 average connection speed of 17.2 Mbps, for a 21 percent year-over-year gain.

In particular, Akamai identified a growing global trend for broadband connectivity of 25 Mbps, with 10 percent of all connections to Akamai's global platform in 4Q16, up by 45 percent on a year-over-year basis.

Looking inside the U.S., 24 percent of all connections from New York State were at 25 Mbps or higher in Q416, for a 68 percent year-over-year gain. In California, 20 percent of all connections were 25 Mbps or higher, for a 67 percent gain over the fourth quarter of 2015.

Not surprisingly, the District of Columbia (DC), with its small population size, topped the list as the fastest region in the U.S. with an average connection speed of 26.7 Mbps. In contrast, the more populous state of Massachusetts had an average speed of 21.7 Mbps, New York was reported at 20.6 and California came in at 18.8 Mbps.

Mobile Connection Speeds and IPv6 Connection Usage Growing As Well

The Akamai report also provides insight into mobile connection speeds. In the fourth quarter of 2016, the average mobile data connection speed in the U.S was reported at 7.9 Mbps.

IPv6 connection usage is also growing around the world. In the fourth quarter, 25 percent of all connections in the U.S to the Akamai platform came in on IPv6, up by 19 percent on a quarterly basis.

"Internet connection speeds continued to show positive long-term trends around the world, with particularly strong year-over-year increases across all broadband adoption metrics,” David Belson, editor of the State of the Internet Report, said in a statement.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

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