Global broadband speeds spike a video-friendly 15% | Media Analysis | Business
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In good news for IPTV and OTT providers, global average broadband speeds have witnessed a rise of a full 15% in the past year.

akamai 1 june 2017According to Akamai’s Q1 ’17 State of the Internet Report, broadband connections now average 7.2Mbps. In all, 96 of the 149 countries/regions that Akamai tracks saw a speed increase.

South Korea held onto the top spot for connection speeds with an average of 28.6Mbps. The Nordics are strong as well, with Norway coming in at 23.5Mbps and Sweden at 22.5Mbps. Hong Kong has a strong showing, at 21.9Mbps.

After years of lagging, the US finally broke into the top ten with an average of 18.7Mbps, up an impressive 22% compared with a year ago.

A total of 25 countries/regions now have an average speed of at least 15Mbps, up from 23Mbpa just a quarter ago.

Meanwhile the global average peak connection speed increased to 44.6Mbps, up 28% from a year ago, led by Singapore with a staggering 184.5Mbps.

Akamai said mobile data traffic grew 70% from last year and 12% compared with the last quarter. The UK holds the mobile speed record with an average connection speed of 26Mbps, followed by Cyprus (24.2Mbps), Germany (24.1Mbps), Switzerland (22.4Mbps) and Finland (21.6Mbps).