Following a release concerning the average speeds of broadband connections, it appears that internet speeds are up globally, but the US still has to catch up, being placed on the 16th place. The study was conducted through the use of the Akamai Intelligent Platform and it is based on reports from the Ericsson company.
The analysis and placements of broadband connections, in regards to their speed, adoption metrics, and disruption rates, were compiled in the State of the Internet report for the third yearly quarter of 2015. It also contains IPv4 exhaustion as well as the implementation of the new Ipv6.
The region which stands out the most in the list, released by the content delivery network provider Akamai Technologies, is Malaysia. It currently ranks as one of the most inter-connected regions on Earth, with over 87% of users streaming videos on a regular basis. Even though it is extremely widespread, the Malaysians suffer from a fairly low internet speed connection, with only 4.9 Mb per second, being ranked as 73rd. This speed is almost 200% lower than Thailand and it is even surpassed by regions such as Sri Lanka.
From the Asia-Pacific region, South Korea maintains its fast speeds, having an average of 20.5 Mbps, one of the reasons being their growing necessity of fast and reliable internet in order to support their e-sport community. Even if this is the case, South Korea suffered the biggest drop in internet connection, almost 19% in the past three months.
The highest internet speed peak is still held by Singapore, with 135 Mbps on average, maintaining this first place for a couple of years as of late. The slowest internet speeds are found in India, with only 2.5 Mbps on average along with a peak of 18.7.
The US wasn’t even close to the top ten ranks in the list, with an average of 12.6 Mbps, but it still ranked the highest when compared to countries from South America. This will more than likely change in the near future, as Google Fiber and other similar internet connections become more widespread over the region. Taking into account the criticisms that Time Warner faces on a regular basis, a switch to a more reliable internet source is urgently required.
On the global level, the increase in speed was not that high, with an estimated average of 14% when compared to those of last year while the peak speeds reached an increase of 30%. The biggest rise in speed was in Norway, increasing by 44% in the third quarter, reaching an average speed of 16.4 Mbps.
Even if internet speeds are up globally, but the US still has to catch up, only by a fairly low amount, future assessments indicate that the numbers will suffer a rather large shift in the coming years. With people relying more on mobile phone connections and other similar methods, numbers are expected to rise by about 20% in the next year. But this is completely dependent on the availability of fiber connections and other types of faster internet networks.