The average speed of connections globally rose 5.2% since last quarter’s report to 3.3Mbps. However, in the UK, the growth was one of the world’s largest(over 10%) with the average speed hitting 8.4Mbps. This equated to a 48% increase since the same period in 2012, which was the largest gain of any country worldwide.
This ranked the UK tenth globally for average speeds, even if the 8.4Mbps paled in comparison to South Korea’s league-topping 13.3Mbps average connection. But the quarter showed six countries now breaking the 10Mbps mark for average speeds, four more than last year, with Japan, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Latvia and the Netherlands all growing speeds by between 11% and 31%.
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The UK still failed to top the European league table for average peak connection speeds though – the top speed a user can expect from its ISP – coming in fifth place with 37.1Mbps, behind Romania at 47.5Mbps, Switzerland at 41.4Mbps, Belgium at 39.9Mbps and the Netherlands at 38.8Mbps.
Globally it took fourteenth position, with the top five only seeing one European entrant – Romania was ranked fourth. Hong Kong was number one for peak speeds at 65.1Mbps, followed by south Korea in second with 53.3Mbps and Japan in third with 48.8Mbps.
“The Second Quarter, 2013 State of the Internet Report notes some significant milestones and trends, including that half of all connections to Akamai occurred at speeds of 4Mbps or higher, a 25% increase since the first quarter of 2012,” said David Belson, product line director for custom analytics and the report’s author.
“We also saw a decline in the number of countries and regions with average connection speeds of 1Mbps or less – down to 11 from 14 in the last quarter – likely indicative of improved broadband connectivity across some of the slowest geographies. These positive trends bode well for the continued increase and adoption of broadband connectivity around the world.”