Global, U.S. Average Broadband Speeds Accelerate

U.S. average climbs 21%, to 17.2 Mbps, Akamai says

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.