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Global, U.S. Internet Speeds Continue To Increase

September 25, 2015

Blue and red fibre optical cablesAkamai Technologies released its “State of the Internet” report for the second quarter of 2015 this week. Here are the highlights:

  • Global broadband speeds increased 17 percent from the second quarter of 2014 to the second quarter of 2015 to 5.1 megabits per second (Mbps);
  • The average global peak speed was 32.5 Mbps, a rate that was 26 percent higher than the average peak speed in the second quarter of 2014;
  • South Korea, at 23.1 Mbps, had the fastest average connection speed, but that rate down 2.1 percent from the first quarter of 2015;
  • Japan saw the largest quarterly average gain speed (7.8 percent) – the average speed in Japan in the second quarter was 16.4 Mbps;
  • The average broadband speed in the United States was 11.7 Mbps, an increase of 2.2 percent from the second quarter of 2014;
  • 21 percent U.S. connections offer speeds of 25 Mbps or more – that figure compares to 4.9 percent globally;
  • In five U.S. states, at least 10 percent of connections were 25 Mbps or faster; and
  • The average peak speed in the United States is 50.4 Mbps.

Akamai’s David Belson said, “We continued to see healthy increases in key connection speed metrics, particularly on a year-over-year basis. The improvement in connection speeds is vital as more content, not the least of which is video at increasingly higher levels of quality, is being delivered over the Internet. Ongoing progress and innovation in these areas, as evidenced in the report, will play a key role in helping address consumer demand for access to content where and when they want it.”