Average Internet Download Speeds Continues to Edge Upwards
Published on: 23rd Apr 2014
The global average connection speed for internet users continues to improve with a quarterly increase of 5.5% reaching 3.8 Mbps according to analysis by Akamai Technologies.
Despite this improvement, half of the countries/regions listed among the top 10 in global average connection speeds -- including the top four countries/regions -- actually saw nominal declines quarter-over-quarter, ranging from a loss of 0.7% in the Netherlands to a drop of 6.7% in Latvia.
Despite also showing a 1.1% decline in average connection speed, South Korea held the top spot from quarter to quarter, reporting the highest average connection speed of 21.9 Mbps.
Interestingly, quarterly increases seen in Ireland (8.4% increase to 10.4 Mbps) and the United States (2% increase to 10 Mbps) helped push both countries to average connection speeds of 10 Mbps or more, marking the first time that all of the top 10 countries/regions had average connection speeds at/above the "high broadband" threshold.
Year over year, the global average peak connection speeds increased 38% compared to the fourth quarter of 2012.
"We've reached a significant milestone in the improvement of average connection speeds," said David Belson, editor of the State of the Internet Report. "The fact that all of the top 10 countries/regions' average connection speeds are now at or exceeding the high broadband threshold - and continued strong growth in countries like South Korea and Ireland - is indicative of the progress that's being made in broadband penetration. It's reasonable to expect these promising trends will continue to be reflected in future reports."
In the fourth quarter of 2013, average connection speeds on surveyed mobile network providers ranged from a high of 8.9 Mbps (Russian mobile provider RU-1) down to a low of 0.6 Mbps (mobile provider ZA-1 in South Africa). The high is down just slightly from the 9.5 Mbps reported in the third quarter of 2013.
Akamai also conducted a fourth-quarter analysis of Akamai IO data to determine which user agents were used most frequently for mobile traffic requests.
Based on data collected from a sample of requests from mobile devices to the Akamai Intelligent Platform over cellular networks, Android Webkit accounted for approximately 35% of requests and Apple Mobile Safari trailed at more than 29% of traffic. However, for traffic from mobile devices on all networks (not just cellular networks), Apple Mobile Safari was responsible for more than 47% of requests, while Android Webkit drove only 32% of requests.
Based on traffic data collected by Ericsson, the volume of mobile data traffic increased by 70% from the fourth quarter of 2012 to the fourth quarter of 2013, and grew approximately 15% between the third and fourth quarters of 2013.
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