Average U.S. Broadband Speed: 3.9 Mbps
Despite DOCSIS 3, average speed slower than last year...
Akamai recently released their latest "State of the Internet Report
," (registration required) which every quarter covers a number of topics including broadband penetration, broadband speeds, security, and more. It's of particular interest to our readers, as the company gathers the data from clients that have hit their 56,000-strong global content server network, tracking 444 million unique IP addresses from 226 countries. That kind of data volume of course offers at least a partial glimpse at useful broadband statistics.
According to the latest data, the United States continues to lag when it comes to user broadband speed -- with the country's average speed being 3.9 Mbps -- putting us in eighteenth place overall. According to Akamai, the U.S. actually saw a 2.4 percent decline
on a year-over-year basis, though a 1.8% rise in speeds from quarter to quarter. The company believes we should see some movement on this front with the proliferation of DOCSIS 3.0 and FTTH service.
South Korea came in first place with an average of 14.6Mbps, while Japan came in second place with an average speed of 7.9 Mbps. The lowest average connection speed seen in the third quarter was in Mayotte (an island in the Indian Ocean), at 43 Kbps. Just 19% of the Internet connections around the world were at speeds greater than 5 Mbps, says the company.
The report does a nice job breaking down the speed data on a State and town/city level, noting that Sandy, Utah has the fastest average speeds in the country at 33464 kbps (courtesy of the Utopia
fiber network). Delaware, with a high number of Verizon FiOS installs, continues its reign as the fastest U.S. state with an average connection speed of 7.2 MBps. While some States like Hawaii saw a 40% increase in average measured connection speeds, states like Kentucky saw 41% average speed reductions:
Overall, 25 states saw average connection speeds decline in the third quarter – Kentucky shed 41%, while Nevada dropped just 0.3%, which was enough to push them out of being one of the top 10 fastest states. Quarterly increases seen by the other half of the states ranged from a minor 0.3% gain by Iowa to Massachusetts' 20% increase. Comparing average connection speeds year-over-year, 25 states saw speeds decline.
Akamai attributes the slow down to a number of factors, including major service outages (like GMail) and hurricanes Gustav and Ike, which tore paths across a number of the states. The report is chock full of interesting data for statistic nerds and is well worth a look.