The global average connection speed increased 3.5% to 5.1 Mbps in the second quarter of 2015, according to a new Akamai report.
Findings from Akamai's second quarter 2015 'State of the Internet' report are based on data gathered from the Akamai Intelligent Platform.
Although quarterly changes were positive for the top 10 countries/regions, South Korea (23.1 Mbps) decreased 2.1% from the first quarter. The largest quarterly gain was experienced by Japan (16.4 Mbps) at 7.8%, and Hong Kong (17.0 Mbps) experienced modest gains at 1.5%.
"We continued to see healthy increases in key connection speed metrics, particularly on a year-over-year basis," said David Belson, editor of the 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."
Double-digit gain for Singapore
Singapore (108.3 Mbps) recorded double-digit quarterly gain, with a 12% increase.
Globally, 4.9% of unique IP addresses connected to Akamai at average speeds of at least 25 Mbps. This represents a 7.5% increase over the previous quarter.
South Korea led the world in 25 Mbps broadband adoption and its adoption rate was about double that of second-place Hong Kong, which dropped 2.9% from the first quarter to 16%.
Year-over-year, South Korea's 25 Mbps adoption rate dropped 24% and Hong Kong's declined 11%.
The global percentage of unique IP addresses connecting to Akamai that met the 4 Mbps broadband speed threshold increased 1.1% to 64%.
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