Average Internet Connection Speeds Up Worldwide

Akamai State of the Internet report shows continued connection speed increases, highlights IPv6 traffic.

By Sean Michael Kerner | Posted Dec 17, 2015
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The overall average speed users around the world are getting to connect to the Internet continues to grow, according to the third quarter State of the Internet report from Akamai.

In the third quarter, the average global connection speed into Akamai's network was 5.1 Mbps, for a 14 percent year-over-year gain. Once again, South Korea tops the list as the world's faster country based on average connections speed, coming in at 20.5 Mbps, though that figure is actually a 19 percent year-over-year decline.

The Scandinavian countries of Sweden, Norway and Finland are now growing average connections speeds by a faster rate than any other region in the world. Sweden's third quarter average connection speed was reported at 17.4 Mbps for a 23 percent year-over-year gain, Norway has a speed of 16.4 Mbps for a 44 percent gain, while Finland reported a speed of 14.8 Mbps for a 26 percent gain.

The U.S. ranked 16th globally in terms of average connection speed, coming in at 12.6 Mbps for a 9.4 percent year-over-year gain. Akamai reported that 80 percent of all connections in the U.S that connect to its platform came in at 4 Mbps or higher. The average peak connection speed reported in the U.S. in the third quarter was 57.3 Mbps. In contrast, the global average peak connection speed was reported at 32.2 Mbps in the third quarter. Singapore holds the global crown for the top average peak connection with speeds of 135.4 Mbps in the third quarter.

Inside the U.S., the tiny District of Columbia had the highest average connection speed coming in at 19.5 Mbps, with Delaware in second at 18.5 Mbps and Utah in third at 16.2 Mbps. New York state placed 10th in the nation with an average connection speed of 14.8 Mbps.

The report also provides insight into where the IPv6 traffic that hits the Akamai network is coming from. During the third quarter, Akamai reported that 72 percent of traffic from Verizon Wireless came in over IPv6. For Comcast Cable, 40 percent of the traffic was over IPv6, with AT&T close behind at 39 percent.

"The continued depletion of IPv4 space, in both North America and around the world, should further spur organizations to expand or accelerate their own IPv6 adoption, particularly as the cost of obtaining IPv4 address space may rise as scarcity increases," David Belson, editor of the State of the Internet Report, said in a statement.

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

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