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HONG KONG has dislodged South Korea from numero uno position in providing the best internet average peak connection speeds worldwide.

By Prashant Vadgaonkar

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Published: Sat 18 Aug 2012, 5:33 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 1:51 AM

The latest report titled State of the Internet Report, released by Akamai for Q1 of 2012, has awarded Hong Kong the lead position in global broadband speeds. Cambridge, Massachusetts based Akamai is a leading global service provider for accelerating content and online business processes publishes this report every quarter which tracks the trends of internet connectivity globally. This report includes data gathered across Akamai’s global server network about attack traffic, average and maximum connection speeds, Internet penetration and broadband adoption, and mobile usage, as well as trends seen in this data over time.

Akamai State of the Internet Report divulges some very interesting facts of the overall internet scenario worldwide. The most startling finding includes the fact that advanced nations such as US, UK, Australia and New Zealand fall behind significantly in internet speeds compared to their Asian counterparts namely Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea who lead the global list.

In the currently ended quarter, Hong Kong has secured the top position worldwide with peak connection speeds of about 49.3Mbps – for land (fixed) as well as mobile connections! Romania, Latvia, Netherlands and Belgium relegated the US rank to the 8th with peak speeds of about 28.7Mbps. South Korea delivers about 47.8 Mbps to grab the silver followed by Japan 39.5Mbps getting Bronze.

At the bottom of the heap lies Libya where the internet crawls. While UK ranks 22nd, India ranks 114th and China 121!

In the US, it was the state of Delaware followed by Vermont which topped the list (and one would have expected New York, Massachusetts or Kansas City with Google’s much-hyped Fiberhoods?) while Missouri and Arkansas were the slowest.

South Korea has emerged as the global leader in global broadband adoption of above 4Mbps and also in the category of high broadband adoption of above 10Mbps.

The report states that there is definite long term positive trend with year on year improvements towards higher and better connectivity speeds.

More is always going to be less as far as internet speeds are concerned especially with the dramatic and exponential rise in demand.

The State of the Internet report can be downloaded from http://www.akamai.com/stateoftheinternet/ (.pdf version - registration is required)

prashant.vadgaonkar@hotmail.com



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