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Global Internet Speeds Rise in Q3: Akamai

Average Internet connection speeds and average peak speeds rose globally as well as in the U.S. in Q3, according to Akamai’s latest State of the Internet Report.

Global average connections speeds hit 6.3 Mbps, up 2.3 % versus Q2 and up 21% on a year-over-year basis. South Korea led with an average of 26.3 Mbps, followed by Hong Kong (20.1 Mbps) and Norway (20 Mbps). The U.S. was 12th, with an average of 16.3 Mbps, up 6.8% QoQ, and 30% YoY.

Global average peak connections speeds reached 37.2 Mbps, up 3.4% QoQ, and 16%, YoY, according to Akamai. Singapore was tops, with a peak average of 162 Mbps, followed by Hong Kong (116.2 Mbps) and South Korea (114.2). The U.S., ranked 20th, averages 70.8 Mbps, up 1.6% QoQ and 23% YoY.

Akamai also found that the global adoption rate for 10 Mbps broadband rose 5.4% QoQ, while adoption of 15 Mbps and 25 Mbps increased 6.5% and 5.3%, respectively.

Average mobile connection speeds ranged from a high of 23.7 Mbps in the United Kingdom to a low of 2.2 Mbps in Venezuela. The U.S. mobile connection speed average clocked in at 7.5 Mbps.