South Korea Has Highest Broadband Penetration, Says Study

April 30, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

South Korea tops the list of countries with highest broadband penetration, as per the analysis of  research by the global content delivery network Akamai.

The Cambridge based company reached that conclusions with calculations carried out, based on the number of connections to its network and their usage and network behavior.

According to Akamai’s report which is expected to be released later this week, South Korea had a broadband penetration of 83 percent at the end of the last year.

Akamai makes that conclusion since it has found more high speed connections to its platform from South Korea than any other country during the period.

The firm considers any connection which reaches out of their service platform with speeds more than 5 Mbps as a high-speed broadband connection.

According to the figures in the upcoming report, 27 percent of all connections made to Akamai’s platform were high speed broadband connections which had more than 5 Mbps speeds. A majority of them originated from South Korea.

However, South Korea is the only name that came up from that part of the globe in the broadband penetration race.

It is Europe that tops the list as a continent. Seven out of the ten countries which tops the list of broadband penetration belong to Europe.

Country-wise, the Netherlands follows South Korea with 67 percent of high speed broadband penetration rate.

Interestingly,United States managed to get only the twelfth rank with a 44 percent rate of high speed broadband adoption.

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