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Broadband Speeds Continue To Improve Globally And In The United States

December 16, 2016

According to Akamai Technologies, Inc. broadband speeds continued to improve across the globe in the third quarter of 2016. Specifically the report found:

  • The global average connection speed improved 2.3 percent in the third quarter, to 6.3 megabits per second (Mbps), and was up 21 percent from the third quarter of 2015;
  • The global average peak connection speed improved 3.4 percent in the third quarter, to 6.3 Mbps, and was up 16 percent from the third quarter of 2015;
  • In the United States, the average connection speed improved 30 percent year over year to 16.3 Mbps;
  • The United States ranked 12th in the world for average connection speed;
  • In the United States, the average peak connection speed improved 23 percent year over year to 70.8 Mbps;
  • The United States ranked 20th in the world for average peak connection speed;
  • The United States was second only to Canada in terms of mobile connection speeds, recording speeds of 7.5 Mbps;
  • In all 50 U.S. states and in the District of Columbia, average connection speeds were above the 10 Mbps threshold in the third quarter, with 30 states seeing speeds above the 15 Mbps threshold;
  • Every state except Nevada saw a quarter-over-quarter increase in their speed;
  • Quarterly increases ranged from 0.8 percent in Wyoming to 13 percent in Utah;
  • In all, seven states posted double-digit gains in speeds over the quarter; and
  • Year over year, all 50 U.S. states and in the District of Columbia enjoyed gains, including 10 states that saw gains of at least 30 percent compared with the preceding year.

Akamai’s David Belson, who edited the third quarter report, said, “The holiday season serves as one of the true tests of Internet connectivity as consumers activate slews of connected devices at the same time and more families are at home collectively pushing their broadband capabilities to the limit … The good news is those limits are getting higher as we have continued to observe positive long-term trends in both average and average peak connection speeds around the world.”

Akamai releases a report on broadband speeds each quarter.