The overall speed of connections on the Internet rose during the third quarter of 2013.
Akamai reported that the global average connection speed to its platform came in at 3.6 Mbps which is a 29 percent year-over-year gain. As has been the case ever since Akamai first began drafting its State of the Internet reports, South Korea tops the list, this time with an average connection speed of 22.1 Mbps. The U.S ranks eighth now, coming at 9.8 Mbps for a 31 percent year-over-year gain.
The global average peak speed, which represents the fastest speeds seen by Akamai globally, also grew during the quarter. The global average peak connection speed now stands at 17.9 Mbps for a 13 percent year-over-year increase.
Akamai also measures what it refers to as High Broadband adoption, defined as connections coming in at speeds of 10 Mbps or higher. Globally during the third quarter, 19 percent of all connections to Akamai were 10 Mbps or higher, a 69 percent year-over-year gain.
In the U.S., 34 percent of connections were considered high broadband, an 82 percent improvement over the third quarter of 2012.