Global Average Internet Connection Speed Rises to 6.3 Mbps

Akamai's first quarter 2016 State of the Internet Report, once again shows increasing broadband speeds around the world.

By Sean Michael Kerner | Posted Jun 29, 2016
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Globally, the average broadband speed connecting users to the Internet is faster than ever before, according the first quarter State of the Internet (SOTI) report from Akamai. The global average connection speed now stands at 6.3 Mbps, a 23 percent year-over-year increase.

Akamai also measures the average peak connection speed, which didn't grow by as much as the average speed in the first quarter of 2016. The average peak global connection speed in the first quarter was reported at 34.7 Mbps, a 14 percent year-over-year gain.

"Global connection speeds have more than doubled since the summer of 2012, which can help support higher quality video streaming for bigger audiences across even more connected devices and platforms," David Belson, editor of the State of the Internet Report, said in a statement.

Once again, South Korea held the top spot in Akamai's report, with an average connection speed of 29.0 Mbps for a 24 percent year-over-year gain. Singapore held the top spot in terms of average peak, with a connection speed of 146.9 Mbps for a 49 percent year-over-year improvement. In contrast, the U.S was ranked 16th globally, with an average connection speed of 15.3 Mbps for a 29 percent year-over-year gain. In terms of average peak connection speed, the U.S was ranked 22nd, with a peak of 67.8 Mbps for a 27 percent improvement from 1Q15.

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. The District of Columbia also held the top spot for top average peak connection speed at 93.0 Mbps, a 22 percent gain over the first quarter of 2015.

Akamai also looked at IPv6 adoption around the world in the quarter. Belgium took the top spot in terms of IPv6 connections, with 36 percent of connections to Akamai coming in over IPv6. The U.S held down the number 6 spot, with 17 percent.

In terms of global carriers however, Verizon Wireless is the top network provider by IPv6 request volume. According to Akamai, 68 percent of Verizon Wireless connections in the first quarter of 2016 came in over IPv6.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at Enterprise Networking Planet and Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

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