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Global, U.S. Average Broadband Speeds Accelerate

U.S. average climbs 21%, to 17.2 Mbps, Akamai says 3/08/2017 11:01 AM Eastern Last updated at 5/26/2017 1:08 PM

Average broadband connection speeds continue to rise in the U.S. and abroad, content delivery network giant Akamai found in its latest State of the Internet Report.

Global average speeds reached 7 Mbps in Q4 2016, up 12% versus the previous quarter and surged 26% compared to the year-ago period, Akamai said.

South Korea remained atop that list, with an average of 26.1 Mbps, though that number dropped 2.4% year-on-year.  That was followed by Norway, with an average of 23.6  Mbps, up 26% year-over-year, Sweden (22.8 Mbps/20%), Hong Kong (21.9%, 31%), Switzerland (21.2 Mbps/27%).

The U.S ranked 14th in the world in Q4, clocking in with an average connection speed of 17.2 Mbps, up 5.5% from Q3 2016, and up 21% year-on-year.  Washington, D.C., at 26.7 Mbps, was home to the fastest average connection speed, followed by Rhode Island and Delaware (22.4 Mbps each), Massachusetts (21.7 Mbps) and New York (20.6%).

Canada ranked 24th, with an average of 14.9%, up 13% from a year earlier.

Akamai said 10% of unique IPv4 addresses connected to its platform averaged a connection speed of at least 25 Mbps, up 19% from the previous quarter.

On the mobile data end, the U.K. ranked highest, with an average of 26.8 Mbps.

Canada, with a an mobile data average of 10.3 Mbps, led the way in the Americas. The U.S. averaged mobile connection speeds of 7.9 Mbps in Q4, Akamai said.

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