Global average internet connection speed has increased 12 percent to 7.0 Mbps in the fourth quarter of 2016 — a 26 percent increase year-over-year, a new report said on Thursday. According to the “2016 State of the Internet Report” by global leader in content delivery network (CDN) services Akamai Technologies, South Korea again had the highest average connection speed globally at 26.1 Mbps in the fourth quarter. Also Read - Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk to enter India's broadband market with satellite internet servicesAlso Read - Internet to stop working for select users from today: Why, who will be affected, what to do?
“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,” said David Belson, editor of the report. “When Akamai first published the report in 2008, we defined high broadband’ as 5 Mbps and above, which nine years ago had an adoption rate of 16 per cent globally. We’re now seeing a 15 Mbps adoption rate of 25 percent worldwide,” Belson added.
The report provided insight into key global statistics such as connection speeds, broadband adoption metrics and notable internet disruptions, among others. At 26.7 Mbps, the district of Columbia led the United States in average connection speed. Global 4, 10, 15 and 25 Mbps broadband adoption rates increased 15 percent, 31 percent, 37 percent and 45 percent year over year, respectively. ALSO READ: Average internet speed in India at 4.1Mbps, still among the lowest in Asia Pacific: Akamai
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