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January 29, 2014

Average broadband speed increase 10% in Q3

122 countries have experienced an average increase in connection speeds.

By CBR Staff Writer

The internet’s global average connection speed grew by 10% in the third quarter of 2013 to 3.6Mbps, compared to the previous year’s same period, according to the state of the internet report from Akamai Technologies.

During the quarter 122 countries have experienced an average increase in connection speeds ranging between 0.5% in Namibia to 1.1Mbps to a 76% increase in Nepal to 3.6Mbps.

According to the report, the average connection speeds grew by 29% year-over-year, while the top 10 countries recording a 27% increase and 133 regions registered average connection speeds ranging from 0.2% in Egypt to 1.2Mbps to 259% in Réunion to 6.8Mbps.

Global average peak connection speeds went down by 5.2% to 17.9Mbps during the third quarter, while seven among the top 10 countries reported increases ranging from 0.5% in Hong Kong to 65.4Mbps to 19% in South Korea to 63.6 Mbps.

Speed connections in countries like Romania, Latvia and Belgium dropped by 4.4%, 3.3% and 3.6% to 45.4Mbps, 43.1Mbps and 38.5 Mbps, respectively.

Akamai Technologies report editor David Belson said in the third quarter of 2013, the company observed that long-term growth in average and peak connection speeds remained strong, as did growth in global broadband and high broadband adoption rates.

"We believe these trends point to continued improvement in the quality and performance of Internet connectivity in countries around the world," Belson added.

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