Broadband Speed and Demand Take the Fast Lane

October 25, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Here’s some trivia. Do you know which country has the highest broadband connectivity? It’s The Netherlands. At least, that’s what Akamai’s The State of the Internet report for the second quarter of 2011 says. The data gives a broad picture of broadband connections and their flow across our planet.

The number of broadband subscribers is rising by the day and so is the speed. Akamai gets its data based on the connections to Akamai’s global network that include both wired and wireless networks.

The report gives some interesting facts. The European population dominates a list of ten countries with the highest broadband connectivity.

But when it comes to speed, Asian cities are the toppers among 100 fastest cities, with Japan having 59 cities and 10 South Korean. In Europe, Brno of Czech Republic is the fastest ranked city in Europe, but it’s only the 55th in the world.

From the US, 18 cities bag a spot in the top 100 with San Jose ranked 9th. The city is recorded to have the highest peak speed in US of 38.7 Mbps.

The fastest city in the world is the South Korean city of Taegu with a peak speed of 55.3Mbps. The average speed was noted to be 15.8 Mbps.

These speeds are still on a growth and continue to get faster. After the first quarter of 2011, there was a growth of 21% to 2.6Mbps.

Yearly increases in the average connection speeds were noted in 128 countries, with an yearly growth of 100% seen in 17 countries, while a 10% increase was seen in another 102 regions.

According to the data supplied by Akamai, the biggest growth that has been recorded is in mobile networks. The average connection speed scales from more than 5 Mbps to as low as 209 Kbps, and the service providers who came under the survey had an average connection speed above 1 Mbps.

The mobile traffic data for Q2 of 2011 has doubled year-over-year and has risen to 8% quarter-over-quarter.

In case you are interested in the full report, head here. Tell us if you are witness to these kinds of speed and demand in your place of residence.

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