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Average global internet speed up 26% to 7 Mbps

Internet connection speeds around the world have increased by more than a quarter on average in the past year, according to a new report from cloud service provider Akamai.

In the closing three months of 2016, the global average connection speed jumped by 12 per cent to 7 Mbps. This marks a 26 per cent improvement on the speed recorded a year earlier.

This comes about a week after a global ranking board of the countries with the fastest mobile data and once again, South Korea is top of the list with the world’s highest average connection speed of 26.1 Mbps in the fourth quarter.

The UK ranked 16th with an average internet connection speed of 16.1 Mbps in the final three months of 2016.

Looking at separate US states though (the report originates from North America), internet users in the district of Columbia enjoyed even quicker connection speeds of 26.7 Mbps on average.

Fast progress

David Belson, editor of the State of the Internet Report, said: “Internet connection speeds continued to show positive long-term trends around the world, with particularly strong year-over-year increases across all broadband adoption metrics.”

Mr Belson noted that when the first report was published in 2008, ‘high broadband’ was defined as anything being 5 Mbps or above.

More than a sixth of the world’s internet users now enjoy these kinds of speeds (16 per cent) while one in four have adopted a rate of at least 15 Mbps. The number of users receiving a 25 Mbps rate has shot up by 45 per cent year on year, the report also found.

“The upward trends are encouraging as businesses create and deliver even richer experiences for bigger audiences across the internet, but accentuate the need for organisations to optimise those experiences for the myriad connected devices their customers are using,” Mr Belson concluded.

You can view the full ‘State of the Internet’ report for free on Akamai’s website.

Written by for Comms Express

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