Global average Internet connection speeds rose 3.5%, to 5.1 Mbps, in the second quarter of 2015, according to a new report from content delivery network specialist Akamai.
South Korea, with an average of 23.1 Mbps, was tops, followed by Hong Kong (17 Mbps), Japan (16.4 Mbps), Sweden (16.1 Mbps) and Switzerland (15.6%), Akamai found in its Q2 2015 State of the Internet report.
The U.S. ranked 20th, with an average of 11.7 Mbps in Q2, up 2.2% year-on-year, and up 1% from the previous quarter. Canada followed with an average of 11.1 Mbps, up 6.9% year-on-year but down 3.3% from Q1.
Akamai said 21% of U.S. connections provided 15 Mbps or more, good for 18th place globally.
The FCC now defines broadband as 25 Mbps downstream, and 4.9% of unique IP addresses connected to Akamai worldwide averaged at least 25 Mbps, up 7.5% from Q1 2015.
The average peak speed in the U.S. in Q2 was 50.4 Mbps (24th globally) , up 11% year-on-year, and down 3.7% versus Q1 2015. Singapore led with a global peak average speed of 108 Mbps, followed by Hong Kong (94.8 Mbps), South Korea (83.3 Mbps), Japan (75.1 Mbps) and Taiwan (74.5 Mbps).
Across the globe, the average peak connection speed in Q2 was 32.5 Mbps, up 26% from the year-ago quarter.