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Akamai: Net speeds doubled since 2012 Olympics

Content delivery network (CDN) specialist Akamai’s First Quarter, 2016 State of the Internet Report, which provides key global statistics such as connection speeds, broadband adoption metrics, notable Internet disruptions, IPv4 exhaustion and IPv6 implementation, reveals that global average connection speed increased 12 per cent from the fourth quarter of 2015 to 6.3 Mbps, a 23 per cent increase year over year.

According to David Belson, editor of the State of the Internet Report, live sports will be at the forefront this summer in preparation for the Olympic Games in Brazil, with expectations that this year’s events will be watched by more online viewers than ever. “Global connection speeds have more than doubled since the summer of 2012, which can help support higher quality video streaming for bigger audiences across even more connected devices and platforms,” he noted.

Report highlights:

Global Average Connection Speeds and Global Broadband Connectivity

  • Global average peak connection speed increased 6.8 per cent to 34.7 Mbps in the first quarter, rising 14 per cent year over year.
  • Global 10 Mbps, 15 Mbps, and 25 Mbps broadband adoption also grew significantly in the first quarter of 2016, posting year over year gains of 10 per cent, 14 per cent and 19 per cent at each threshold, respectively.

IPv4 and IPv6

  • The number of unique IPv4 addresses connecting to the Akamai Intelligent Platform declined 0.2 per cent to 808 million.
  • Belgium remained the clear global leader in IPv6 adoption with 36 per cent of its connections to Akamai occurring over IPv6, down 3.1 per cent from the previous quarter.

Mobile Connectivity

  • Average mobile connection speeds ranged from a high of 27.9 Mbps in the United Kingdom to a low of 2.2 Mbps in Algeria.

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