Global Average Broadband Speed up by 23 Percent
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The Internet keeps getting faster, year after year.
The first quarter 2011 State of the Internet study from Akamai is reporting that global broadband speed are continuing to rise. For the first quarter Akamai reported that the average global broadband speed was 2.1 Mbps for a 23 percent year-over-year gain.
In terms of countries, South Korea once again took the top spot, this time with an average speed of 14.4 Mbps for a 20 percent year-over-year gain. Hong Kong came in second at 9.2 Mbps and Japan was third at 8.1 Mbps. The U.S. ranked 14th coming in at 5.3 Mbps which is a 14 percent year-over-year gain.
Akamai also provides a drill down of the fastest broadband cities in the world. Cities in Japan make up 22 of the top 25 fastest broadband cities in the world with Tokai Japan coming in first at 13.2 Mbps. The fastest cities in the U.S. is Riverside, California with an average of 7.8 Mbps coming in at 39 on the list. Staten Island, New York, and San Jose are ranked 40th and 42nd.
"The Japanese and South Korean cities have some really solid infrastructure and in many case the population density that makes it easier to capture a large number of users with higher speed connectivity," David Belson editor of the State of the Internet report told InternetNews.com.