Global average connection speed increases 17% year-over-year


Joseph O'Halloran

| 24 September 2015

The latest Akamai State of the Internet report has found significant increases in Internet speeds across the globe, with Sweden setting the pace.

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.

The report found that global average connection speeds increased 3.5% to 5.1Mbps in the second quarter of 2015, with quarterly changes positive for the top ten countries/regions, with the exception of South Korea (23.1Mbps), which decreased 2.1% from the first quarter. The quarter saw seven European countries feature in the global top ten countries/regions listing: Sweden (No 4), Switzerland (5), the Netherlands (6), Norway (7), Latvia (8), Finland (9) and Czech Republic (10).

Global average connection speed increased 17% year-over-year, with Sweden boasting the top speed at 16.1Mbps. Global average peak connection speed reached 32.5Mbps with Romania standing out at the head of the pack at 72.1Mbps. Belgium and Switzerland were found to have led the world in IPv6 adoption while the UK saw the largest increase in unique IPv4 address growth, a rise of 15% year-on-year.

"We continued to see healthy increases in key connection speed metrics, particularly on a year-over-year basis," said David Belson, editor of the Second Quarter, 2015 State of the Internet Report report. "The 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."