A new report shows that while global internet speed is increasing, the US is lagging behind.
Average Internet speeds have steadily increased internationally over the last few quarters — but the U.S. isn't keeping up with the growth, a new report suggests.
According to cloud services provider Akamai, the average connection speed increased globally 1.8% to 3.9 Mbps in the last quarter. The growth is part of an ongoing trend, as the average connection sped up 13% globally from this time last year; on pace with expected rates.
Although the U.S. did see a quarter-over-quarter increase of 10% at 10.5 Mbps, its growth is not on pace with the rest of the world, and it now ranks 12th out of the 98 countries surveyed.
On the international scale, South Korea has the fastest average connection, with a speed 23.6 Mbps and a year-on-year increase of 145%. Rounding out the top ten includes Japan (no. 2), Hong Kong (no. 3), Switzerland (no. 4), Netherlands (no. 5), Latvia (no. 6), Sweden (no. 7), Czech Republic (no. 8), Finland (no. 9) and Ireland (no. 10). Sudan also saw major gains, reaching 3.2 Mbps after a 196% increase.
Delaware had the fastest Internet speeds, with Rhode Island and New Jersey coming in second and third.Delaware had the fastest Internet speeds, with Rhode Island and New Jersey coming in second and third.Vermont was the only state in the U.S. that saw its connection speeds decrease in the last quarter, and Michigan had the largest annual increase at 42%. Alaska has the slowest connection speed, despite an increase of 7.8% in the past quarter.
The study also measured other aspects of Internet connection, including countries' ability to stream 4K video, mobile connection speeds and broadband adoption rates on a country by country basis. The company found that countries still vary greatly in mobile connection speeds.
"In the first quarter of 2014, average mobile connection speeds (aggregated at a country level) ranged from a high of 14.7 Mbps in South Korea down to a low of 1.0 Mbps in Argentina," the report said.
At 5.5 Mbps, the U.S. ranked second in mobile connection speeds in the region, and Canada came in first at 6.6 Mbps.
The study also showed mobile data subscriptions and mobile connection speeds are increasing rapidly, finding that data traffic grew around 15% between fourth quarter of 2013 and the first quarter of 2014.
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