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Hong Kong boasts highest broadband adoption in the world: Akamai Technologies

Nurdianah Md Nur | Oct. 27, 2015
However, the city's peak connection speeds of 94.8 Mbps lagged behind that of Singapore (108.3Mbps).

Hong Kong has the highest rate of broadband adoption in the world, according to a study by content delivery network provider Akamai Technologies.

The city's broadband adoption was reported to be at 93 percent, which is seven percent higher than that of runner-up, Singapore.

However, Hong Kong lost to Singapore in terms of peak connection speeds in the second quarter of 2015. While Hong Kong's peak speeds was reported to be at 94.8 megabits per second (Mbps), Singapore's peak speeds was at 108.3Mpbs in the same period.

According to Akamai Technologies, the information in the study was calculated by measuring the highest connected speed from each unique IP address in a particular country or region, and finding the average rate.

Despite being ranked highly in the report, residents in the outlying islands in Hong Kong are dissatisfied with their broadband Internet service. This is because the speeds there average around 4.59 Mbps, which is significantly slower than the Internet speed offered to people living in the city.

Mainland China ranked poorly in terms of peak connection speeds in the Asia Pacific region, with a median speed of 18.4 Mbps and broadband adoption of 28 percent. This could change in future as Beijing plans to invest more than US$193 billion within the next two years to improve the country's network infrastructure and increase Internet speeds.


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