The internet is possibly the greatest and most influential development of our lifetime. We now have the ability to do things which once were seen as unbelievable. But just how much has the internet changed in the last few years? Well, average speeds have been steadily increasing worldwide over the last few years, but some nations aren’t keeping up with the growth. A recent study as shown the US is lagging behind.
According to Akamai, the average internet connection speed increased globally by 1.8% to roughly 3.9Mbps in the last quarter. This is part of an ongoing steady increase which has seen the average connections speed increase 13% globally from this time last year. However, the US only saw a 10% growth, which is not on pace with the rest of the world. Because of this, they now rank 12th out of all the countries surveyed.
Australia is also expecting to see steady growth with the rollout of the National Broadband Network (NBN) getting closer and closer to completion. This new network will rely on a high speed Fiber to Node connection which connects to the existing exchange. Estimated speeds will average around 100Mbps and will surely put Australia on the map when it comes to high speed internet. Check out iiNet’s NBN coverage and rollout plan for more information.
South Korea had the fastest internet connection with the average speed a whopping 23.6 Mbps and a year on year increase of 145%. The rest of the top 10 include;
- Hong Kong
- Czech Republic
However, there were some drastic gains in countries such as Sudan, which saw massive increase of 196% with average speeds of 3.2Mbps.
The study also found that mobile data speeds have also significantly increased of the last year. Data traffic has grown around 15% between Q4 of 2013 and Q1 of 2014. This is no surprise, as smartphones are getting better and better. A lot of people are moving away from laptops and PC’s and doing a lot of their computing on tablets and smartphones which use mobile internet plans connected to a 3G or 4G network.
How are your internet speeds? Are you currently satisfied with your internet plan? Let us know which country you live in, your average download speed and your monthly data allowance.