Akamai: Global Average Internet Connection Speeds Up 23% in 2015
Akamai released its Q4 2015 State of the Internet report today, the quarterly report card of how quickly the United States and the rest of the world is getting 4K-ready. With all the data in for 2015, Akamai can now say that the global average connection speed has shot up by 23 percent year-over-year, with Q4 improvements in 138 countries.
In the U.S., the District of Columbia again led the way with an average speed of 21.3 Mbps in Q4. It was followed by Delaware, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Utah, Maryland, New Jersey, Virginia, New York, and Washington. Of the top 10, D.C. showed the greatest year-over-year change, rising 48 percent, with Maryland close behind. Akamai points out that even the top states don't meet the FCC's new broadband threshold of 25 Mbps.
Across the globe, South Korea was again the country with the fastest average connection speed, delivering 26.7 Mbps in Q4. Following a tremendous 30 percent quarter-over-quarter improvement, it's moving farther ahead of the pack. The next fastest countries are Sweden, Norway, Japan, and the Netherlands. Of the top 10, Norway had the best year-over-year improvement at 65 percent. The U.S. came in 14th with an average Q4 speed of 14.2 Mbps. It ranked 16th in Q3 and 20th in Q2, and has the fastest speed in North or South America.
In Q4, 19 percent of unique IP addresses around the world connected to Akamai with a connection speed of 15 Mbps or better, which is the standard for 4K video. That's up from 15 percent in Q3.
Visit Akamai's State of the Internet site for more, including the ability to customize data and download heat maps.
Akamai's State of the Internet report for Q3 2016 shows South Korea holding onto its global lead, although it's slipping and Hong Kong is ready to take its place.
While year-over-year growth is still strong, this quarter saw connectivity declines for many nations and U.S. states, reports Akamai.
No state yet has an average connection speed of 25 Mbps, but the District of Columbia is close. U.S. mobile connection speeds lag behind Europe.
With a dedicated team working around the clock, Akamai aims to monitor OTT delivery and squash problems the moment they arise.
According to Akamai's Q3 2015 State of the Internet report, Washington D.C, Delaware, and Utah lead for streaming speed in the United States.
The District of Columbia leads the U.S. in internet connection speeds, while 21 percent of U.S. connections were above 15Mbps.
The latest State of the Internet report also looks at U.S. states and finds that Delaware, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire are the most 4K ready.