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Singapore sees largest rise in average Internet connection speeds: Akamai study

Zafirah Salim | Jan. 9, 2015
According to the study, Singapore also had the highest peak mobile connection speed globally at 90.8 Mbps.

For the second consecutive quarter, the global average connection speed remained above the 4 Mbps broadband threshold, despite a slight decline in the third quarter of 2014, dropping 2.8 percent to 4.5 Mbps.

This is according to a third-quarter 2014 State of the Internet report released today by Akamai Technologies, which includes data gathered from across the Akamai Intelligent Platform about attack traffic, broadband adoption, mobile connectivity and other relevant topics concerning the Internet and its usage, as well as trends seen in this data over time.

On a country-by-country basis, quarterly changes in average connection speeds were mixed across the top countries with six seeing increases and the remaining four seeing declines, but all of the top 10 remained above the 10 Mbps "high broadband" threshold.

The report revealed that Singapore experienced the largest rise (12.2 Mbps) - an 18 percent improvement - among those increasing in average connection speed quarter-over-quarter. Conversely, Japan saw the smallest growth (15 Mbps), which was only up 0.8 percent from the second quarter.

Similar to the average connection speed metric, the global average peak connection speed also saw a slight decline in the third quarter, dropping 2.3 percent to 24.8 Mbps. Hong Kong once again had the highest average peak connection speed at 84.6 Mbps, followed closely by Singapore (83 Mbps).

Mobile connectivity

According to the report, South Korea continued to have the highest average mobile connection speed, growing from 15.2 Mbps to 18.2 Mbps in the third quarter. On the other hand, Iran had the lowest average mobile connection speed at 0.9 Mbps, and was the only qualifying country with an average speed below 1 Mbps.  

Additionally, Singapore had the highest peak mobile connection speed globally at 90.8 Mbps. At the other end of the spectrum, Iran experienced the lowest at only 3.3 Mbps. Nine countries and regions had average peak mobile connection speeds above 50 Mbps, while another 40 saw speeds above 10 Mbps.

Attack traffic and security

In Q3 2014, Akamai observed attack traffic originating from 201 unique countries and regions, which was up significantly from 161 in the second quarter.

As seen in past reports, half of the attacks came from China, which is nearly three times more than in United States. China and the United States were the only two countries to originate more than 10 percent of the observed global attack traffic, while Indonesia was the only country among the top 10 to see observed attack traffic decline.

The overall concentration of observed attack traffic decreased slightly in the third quarter, with the top 10 countries and regions originating 82 percent of observed attacks, down from 84 percent last quarter. Furthermore, 64 percent of attack traffic originated from the Asia Pacific region, down from 70 percent last quarter, while the lowest volume (1 percent) originated from Africa.


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