One of the top content delivery companies in the world, Akamai, has just published their report with a title “The State of the Internet.” For quarterly comparison, global average connection speeds in Q4-2011 dropped to 2.3 Mbps, or a drop of 14% from Q3-2011. For yearly comparison, global average connection speeds by the end of 2011 has increased 19% from the previous year.
Average connection speeds in America dropped to 5.8 Mbps in Q4-2011, or a drop of 5.3% from the previous quarter. In term connection speeds among all countries, America ranks number 13. In term of yearly comparison, America’s connection speed was up 14% from the previous year
The fastest country is located in Asia, exactly in South Korea as its connection speeds reaching 17.5 Mbps, or an increase of 4.7% from the previous quarter. The next fastest country in Asia is Japan with connection speeds of 9.1 Mbps or an increase of 2.3% from the previous quarter.
For the continent of Europe, there were seven counties reaching top-10 countries with high speeds, including Netherlands, Latvia, Switzerland, Ireland, Czech Republic, Romania, and Belgium. Europe’s fastest connection was in Netherlands. Al European countries suffered from the drop of speed in Q4-2011. Netherlands’s connection speed was at 8.2 Mbps, or a drop of 3.2% from the previous quarter.
(Table and map: Akamai)