Connection speeds and broadband adoption: It’s getting better, says Akamai

  • Global average Internet connection speed increases 23% YoY
  • All 15 APAC markets surveyed saw quarterly growth in adoption
Connection speeds and broadband adoption: It’s getting better, says Akamai

THE global average Internet connection speed increased 12% from the fourth quarter of 2015 to 6.3Mbps, a 23% increase year-over-year (YoY), while global average peak connection speed increased 6.8% to 34.7Mbps in the first quarter, rising 14% YoY, according to Akamai Technologies Inc.
The company recently released its First Quarter, 2016 State of the Internet Report, based on data gathered from the Akamai Intelligent Platform.
According to the report, global 10Mbps, 15Mbps, and 25Mbps broadband adoption also grew significantly in the first quarter of 2016, posting YoY gains of 10%, 14% and 19% at each threshold, respectively.
“Live sports will be at the forefront this summer as we prepare for the games in Brazil, with expectations that this year’s events will be watched by more online viewers than ever,” said David Belson, editor of the State of the Internet Report.
“Global connection speeds have more than doubled since the summer of 2012, which can help support higher quality video streaming for bigger audiences across even more connected devices and platforms,” he added.
Other highlights:
IPv4 and IPv6

  • The number of unique IPv4 addresses connecting to the Akamai Intelligent Platform declined 0.2% to 808 million.
  • Belgium remained the clear global leader in IPv6 (Internet Protocol version 6) adoption with 36% of its connections to Akamai occurring over IPv6, down 3.1% from the previous quarter.

Mobile connectivity

  • Average mobile connection speeds ranged from a high of 27.9Mbps in the United Kingdom to a low of 2.2Mbps in Algeria.

APAC highlights
All of the 15 surveyed Asia Pacific countries/ regions saw quarterly growth in adoption rates as well as improvement in the year-over-year changes in the first quarter of 2016.
Malaysia enjoyed a 68% rate of 4Mbps broadband adoption and 109% in quarter-over-quarter gains in 10Mbps broadband adoption (IPv4).
The average connection speed for Malaysia (6.4%) is ahead of Sri Lanka (5.4%), Vietnam (5%), Indonesia (4.5%), China (4.3%), the Philippines (3.5%) and India (3.5%) (click infographic below to enlarge).

Connection speeds and broadband adoption: It’s getting better, says Akamai

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