CAMBRIDGE, MA â€” Key connection speed metrics are continuing to show healthy increases, particularly on a year-over-year basis, according to Akamai Technologies, a global provider of content delivery network (CDN) services, in its Q2 2015 State of the Internet Report. â€œWe continued to see healthy increases in key connection speed metrics, particularly on a year-over-year basis,â€ said David Belson, editor of the report. â€œThe improvement in connection speeds is vital as more content, not the least of which is video at increasingly higher levels of quality, is being delivered over the Internet. Ongoing progress and innovation in these areas, as evidenced in the report, will play a key role in helping address consumer demand for access to content where and when they want it.â€
Based on data gathered from the Akamai Intelligent Platform, the report provides insight into key global statistics such as connection speeds, broadband adoption metrics, notable Internet disruptions and IPv4 exhaustion and IPv6 implementation.
Global Average Connection Speeds Increased to 5.1 Mbps
The global average connection speed increased 3.5 percent to 5.1 Mbps in the second quarter of 2015. Quarterly changes were positive for the top 10 countries/regions, with the exception of South Korea (23.1 Mbps), which decreased 2.1 percent from the first quarter.
Globally, 110 out of 144 qualifying countries/regions saw average connection speeds increase from the previous quarter, with growth rates ranging from a modest 0.4 percent in Senegal (1.5 Mbps) to a substantial 67 percent in Tunisia (2.8 Mbps). Like last quarter, year-over-year changes were consistently positive in the top 10, except for South Korea, which declined 11 percent compared with the second quarter of 2014. On a global basis, the average connection speed increased 17 percent year over year.
Global Average Peak Connection Speeds Increased to 32.5 Mbps
In the second quarter, global average peak connection speeds increased 12 percent to 32.5 Mbps. Speeds increased in every top 10 country/region except Sweden (62.8 Mbps), which remained unchanged from the first quarter. Singapore (108.3 Mbps) saw the only double-digit quarterly gain, with a 12 percent increase, while the remaining eight countries saw increases ranging from 0.6 percent in Romania (72.1 Mbps) to 7.8 percent in Macao (62.6 Mbps). Eight of the top 10 saw average peak speeds greater than 70 Mbps, while Sweden and Macao saw speeds above 60 Mbps.
On a global basis, 107 of the 143 qualifying countries/regions saw average peak connection speeds increase from the first quarter, with growth ranging from 0.1 percent in Trinidad and Tobago (34.9 Mbps) to 100 percent in Egypt (23.4 Mbps). Year-over-year all of the top 10 countries/regions saw increases in average peak connection speeds except Israel (71.4 Mbps), which posted a 14 percent decline.
South Korea Leads the World in 25 Mbps Broadband Adoption
Last quarter, the State of the Internet reported for the first time on the percentage of IP addresses connecting to Akamai at average speeds of above 25 Mbps, the new benchmark broadband speed adopted by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission in January 2015. Globally, 4.9 percent of unique IP addresses connected to Akamai at average speeds of at least 25 Mbps, a 7.5 percent increase over the previous quarter.
Despite a 5.5 percent quarterly decline to a rate of 29 percent, South Korea again led the world in 25 Mbps broadband adoption, just as it has for all of the other broadband adoption metrics in the second quarter. Its adoption rate was nearly double that of second-place Hong Kong, which dropped 2.9 percent from the first quarter to 16 percent.
In the United States, five states had 10 percent or more of unique IP addresses connect to Akamai at average speeds of at least 25 Mbps.