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Malaysians are among the region's highest data consumers, report finds

AvantiKumar | Dec. 22, 2016
The study notes that global average internet connection speed has increased 21% year over year.

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According to a new report, Malaysians are leading the way ahead regionally as one of the highest in terms of average data consumption.

This is in tandem with a 21 percent increase year over year in global average connection speed, continued content delivery network (CDN) service provider Akamai's 'Third Quarter, 2016 State of the Internet Report.'

David Belson, editor of the report, said the findings, based on data gathered from the Akamai Intelligent Platform, had provided understanding of key global statistics such as connection speeds, broadband adoption metrics, notable Internet disruptions, IPv4 exhaustion and IPv6 implementation.

"The holiday season serves as one of the true tests of Internet connectivity as consumers activate slews of connected devices at the same time and more families are at home collectively pushing their broadband capabilities to the limit," said Belson.

"The good news is those limits are getting higher as we have continued to observe positive long-term trends in both average and average peak connection speeds around the world," he said. "While 'batteries not included' may still cause unwelcome surprises, we're optimistic that connection speeds won't spoil the holidays this year."

Malaysia climbs three spots

Analyst and agency comments pointed out that the number of mobile users in Malaysia has continued to grow rapidly.

This is also reflected in the increasing local demand for fast, stable and secure connectivity.

Akamai's report finds that Malaysia has climbed three spots on the global ranking and currently ranks 63rd globally for Average Connection Speed (IPv4).

The country has also jumped five spots to rank 52nd in terms of Average Peak Connection Speed globally (IPv4).

 More data and graphics from the Third Quarter, 2016 State of the Internet Report can be found on the Akamai State of the Internet site and through the Akamai State of the Internet app for iOS and Android devices. State of the Internet Report-related discussions are also taking place on the Akamai Community.

The first version of this article appeared on Computerworld Malaysia - 22 December 2016.


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