Mobile: Getting faster, but incomplete data hampers the picture
Akamai dedicated an entire section of its report to mobile broadband, courtesy of data contributed by Ericsson. The report notes that of the four major mobile providers in the United States — which were referred to in the report only as "US-1" through "US-4" — the slowest had an average speed of 2.1Mbps, while the fastest was 6.4Mbps. The world leader for mobile broadband speed was provider in Russia, which clocked in at 9.5Mbps on the average.
Unfortunately, it's rather clear Ericsson's data sample is lopsided, since it reports no results for two of the biggest broadband markets worldwide: South Korea or Japan. That's a problematic omission, especially in the light of South Korean carriers SK Telecom and LG U+ now planning services with theoretical speeds of up to 300Mbps.
But even with this data set, some other interesting trends emerged. Data usage for voice calls remains on the rise, even if not by the same leaps and bounds as mobile data in general — a hint that voice calling is still widely used in the countries surveyed.
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