Global internet speed rises in Q3: Report

Published December 19, 2016 by lagmen

The global average connection speed up by 21 percent year-over-year, says Akamai.

Akamai Technologies has released its Third Quarter, 2016 State of the Internet Report. Based on data gathered from the Akamai Intelligent Platform, the report provides insight into key global statistics such as connection speeds, broadband adoption metrics, notable Internet disruptions, IPv4 exhaustion and IPv6 implementation.
“The holiday season serves as one of the true tests of Internet connectivity as consumers activate slews of connected devices at the same time and more families are at home collectively pushing their broadband capabilities to the limit,” said David Belson, editor of the State of the Internet Report. “The good news is those limits are getting higher as we have continued to observe positive long-term trends in both average and average peak connection speeds around the world. While ‘batteries not included’ may still cause unwelcome surprises, we’re optimistic that connection speeds won’t spoil the holidays this year.”
Highlights from Akamai’s Third Quarter, 2016 State of the Internet Report:
Global average connection speeds and global broadband adoption
Global average connection speed increased 2.3 percent to 6.3 Mbps in the third quarter, a 21 percent increase year over year. South Korea had the highest average connection speed at 26.3 Mbps in the third quarter. Global average peak connection speed increased 3.4 percent to 37.2 Mbps in the third quarter, rising 16 percent year over year. Singapore had the highest average peak connection speed at 162 Mbps in the third quarter. Global 10 Mbps broadband adoption rate rose 5.4 percent quarter over quarter, and 15 Mbps and 25 Mbps broadband adoption rates increased 6.5 percent and 5.3 percent, respectively.
IPv4 and IPv6
The number of unique IPv4 addresses connecting to the Akamai Intelligent Platform was just over 806 million, which is 0.7 percent more than the second quarter of 2016.
Belgium remained the clear global leader in IPv6 adoption with 39 percent of its connections to Akamai occurring over IPv6, up 3.3 percent from the previous quarter.
Cable and wireless providers continued to drive the largest volumes of IPv6 requests, with Comcast Cable, AT&T Communications Americas and Verizon Wireless topping the list with 44 percent, 43 percent and 80 percent of their requests to Akamai being made over IPv6 in their regions, respectively.
Asia Pacific Average Connection Speeds (IPv4) 
South Korea was again the top country in the world for the average connection speed metric.
India and the Philippines once again had the lowest average connection speeds among surveyed countries/regions in Asia Pacific, at 4.1 Mbps and 4.2 Mbps respectively.
Asia Pacific 4 Mbps broadband adoption (IPv4)
Vietnam and India enjoyed the strongest growth in the region, as adoption levels rose 23 percent and 19 percent respectively.
Mobile 
Average mobile connection speeds ranged from a high of 23.7 Mbps in the United Kingdom to a low of 2.2 Mbps in Venezuela.
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