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Broadband speeds stutter, while Brazilian connections multiply

Despite the continuing roll-out of high-speed networks around the world, average and peak connection speeds actually declined by 7% between the second and third quarters of 2012 to 2.8 Mbps, according to Akamai’s latest State of the Internet report.

The report, based on data from the Akamai Intelligent Platform, found that South Korea remains top of the pile for speed, with an average connection of 14.7 Mbps, followed by Japan with 10.7 Mbps and Hong Kong with 8.9 Mbps. Despite the slight quarter-over-quarter decline, global average connection speed enjoyed healthy 11 percent annual growth.

For the second quarter in a row, Brazil experienced the greatest year-on-year growth (39%) within the group of top ten countries with the most unique IPv4 addresses connecting to the Akamai Intelligent Platform. In the same top ten group, China showed the largest quarter-over-quarter increase, with 5.7%.

In the third quarter of 2012, average connection speeds on surveyed mobile network providers ranged from a high of 7.8 Mbps to a low of 324 Kbps. Seven providers showed average connection speeds in the “broadband” (>4 Mbps) range. An additional 68 mobile providers had average connection speeds greater than 1 Mbps.

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