Global Average Connection Speed Increases 26 Percent Year over Year, According to Akamai's 'Fourth Quarter, 2016 State of the Internet Report'
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"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
Global Average Connection Speeds and Global Broadband Adoption
- Global average connection speed increased 12% to 7.0 Mbps in the fourth quarter, a 26% increase year over year.
South Koreaagain had the highest average connection speed globally at 26.1 Mbps in the fourth quarter.
- At 26.7 Mbps, the
District of Columbialed the United Statesin average connection speed.
- Global 4, 10, 15 and 25 Mbps broadband adoption rates increased 15%, 31%, 37% and 45% year over year, respectively.
IPv4 and IPv6
- In the fourth quarter of 2016, nearly 807 million unique IPv4 addresses connected to the Akamai Intelligent Platform, which is a 0.4% decrease as compared to the fourth quarter of 2015.
- There was significantly less IPv4 allocation/assignment activity in the fourth quarter, with 6.4 million addresses allocated/assigned versus 16 million in the third quarter.
- With 47% percent of its content requests to
Akamaicoming over IPv6, Belgiummaintained its significant global lead in IPv6 adoption with a 20% quarter-over-quarter increase.
- Average mobile connection speeds ranged from a high of 26.8 Mbps in the
United Kingdomto a low of 2.9 Mbps in Venezuela.
- Among the qualifying surveyed countries/regions, 30 had an average mobile connection speed at or exceeding the 10 Mbps broadband threshold (up from 24 in the previous quarter), while 58 achieved average speeds at or above the 4 Mbps broadband level (up from 52).
Disruptions and Events
- During Hurricane Matthew in October, Internet traffic to the
Bahamasdropped to approximately one-tenth of normal levels for the country.
- Internet traffic levels to The
Gambiaabruptly dropped to zero on November 30th, shortly ahead of the country's December 1st elections, and returned to normal on December 2nd.
- On several dates, the Iraqi government continued its policy of blocking Internet access across the country to prevent cheating during middle and high school national exams.
- Technical issues at the
Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited(PTCL) were blamed for a sudden drop in traffic to the country in December.
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