Report Shows U.S. Lags Behind in Mobile Internet Speeds

Akamai Technologies, using its Akamai Intelligent Platform, analyzed and recently released its first quarter 2017 State of the Internet Report, which measures important metrics, like connection speeds, broadband adoption metrics and notable internet disruptions.

“Increases in connection speeds and broadband penetration have helped enable the internet to support levels of traffic that even just a few years ago would have been unimaginable,” David Belson, the editor of the report, said in a company press release. “One need only look to January’s U.S. Presidential Inauguration, which broke traffic records for live coverage of a single news event delivered by Akamai.”

Globally, the average internet connection speed was 7.2 Mbps, which marks a 15 percent year-over-year increase in speed. Global average peak connection speed increased by an impressive 28 percent, measuring in at 44.6 Mbps in the first quarter of this year.

The report also cited key mobile statistics, as well, with the United Kingdom topping the list as the country with the highest average mobile connection speeds—26 Mbps. Perhaps surprisingly, the United States ranked just 28th on that list, with its average connection speed measuring at 10 Mbps. To access the full report, click here.

June 12, 2017     

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