A new study released my Akamai highlighting global Internet connections suggest that Internet speeds on average increased a full 25 percent year-to-year. The global average connection speed was only 2.6 Mbps but once the slow connections are filtered out, we see that South Korea leads the world with an average speed of 15.7 Mbps followed by Japan at 10.9 Mbps.
Meanwhile, the United States ranks 12th with an average speed of just 6.7 Mbps although speeds did increase by 29 percent over the course of the past year. The title of fastest peak Internet connection speed goes to Hong Kong at 49.3 Mbps with all-around winner South Korea trailing behind just slightly at 47.8 Mbps. The US ranked higher here than they did in the average speed at 28.7 Mbps, good enough for 8th place.
60 percent of US residents have a connection speed of 4 Mbps or higher while only 15 percent have net connections of 10 Mbps or higher.
On a state-to-state basis, Delaware comes in first place with an average measured connection speed of 10.2 Mbps. New Hampshire, Vermont, District of Columbia and Utah round out the top five with average speeds of 9.4 Mbps, 9.1 Mbps, 8.9 Mbps and 8.5 Mbps, respectively.
If it’s mobile connection speed that you’re curious about, the fastest average mobile speeds were obtained by an unnamed German provider at 5976 Kbps. Of the three carrier samples from the US, the fastest average speed was only 2515 Kbps. Despite widespread 4G LTE adoption, speeds are still pretty slow on average.