The lastest Akamai State of the Internet report is now out providing insight into broadband speeds and adoption.
For the third quarter of 2012, the Global Average Peak connection speed was reported at 15.9 Mbps, which is a 36 % year-over-year gain. On a sequential basis, average peak connection speeds actually declined by 1.4 percent in the third quarter from the second quarter. The highest peak speed globally was reported in Hong Kong at 54 Mbps.
The global average connection speed during the third quarter was 2.8 Mbps, for 11 percent year-over-year growth. Though as was the case with peak connection speed, there was a sequential decline from the second to the third quarter of 7 percent.
While globally Akamai reported sequential declines and year-over-year gains for average connection speeds, the story in the U.S. is different. In the third quarter of 2012, the average broadband speed in the U.S was 7.2 Mbps, up by 20 percent year-over-year and 8.8 percent over the second quarter.
Average peak connection speed in the U.S came in at 29.6 Mbps for a 25 percent year-over-year gains and 9.3 percent on a sequential basis.