Delaware, Rhode Island, Massachusetts Lead US in 4K Readiness
Akamai today released its Q4 2014 State of the Internet report, which offers hard data on internet connectivity throughout the U.S. and the rest of the world. In Q4, Delaware was the state with the highest level of 4K readinesss: 38 percent of Delaware broadband connections offered greater than 15Mbps throughput. That was followed by Rhode Island (30 percent), Massachusetts (30 percent), Virginia (28 percent), and the District of Columbia (27 percent).
The state with the lowest 4K readiness was again Alaska. Event though the state saw a 15 percent quarterly gain and a 46 percent yearly gain, Akamai reported, it still lagged.
"On a year-over-year basis, all 51 states saw increases in average connection speeds compared with the fourth quarter of 2013," says the report (which treats Washington D.C. as a state).
The U.S. didn't make the list of the top ten countries with the highest 4K readiness. South Korea is once again the clear leader, with 61 percent of broadband connections above 15Mbps. It's followed by Hong Kong (41 percent), Japan (34 percent), Sweden (31 percent), and Switzerland (30 percent). Akamai notes that 12 percent of all global connections were at or above 15Mbps.
Akamai makes the full quarterly report available for free (no registration required).
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