July 28, 2010

Average Global Internet Speed Revealed

According to a report based on an analysis of huge amounts of net traffic, the average Internet speed around the world is 1.7 megabytes per second (Mbps).

Network giant Akamai revealed that the fastest broadband city in the world is Masan in South Korea.

The U.K. ranked 27th out of 201 countries, with an average speed of 3.8Mbps.

This is below Ofcom's annual broadband report of 5.2Mbps.

The U.K. has slipped compared to its 23rd ranking in the last Akamai report, which are compiled quarterly.

"Other countries have got faster," David Belson, head of market intelligence at Akamai, told BBC News.

The Akamai State of the Internet report finds that the average maximum speed of U.K. Internet surfers is 12Mbps.

In South Korea, the average speed is 12Mbps and the average maximum hits at 33Mbps.

"100Mbps is available in South Korea but it is often at prices that are not affordable by the general public. It can cost several hundred dollars a month," Belson told BBC.

Akamai's report looked at how mobile networks are holding up in the face of greater demand for data on the move.

The firm found that 83 of 109 mobile providers offered speeds greater than 2Mbps, 33 achieved greater than 5Mbps and six reached past 10Mbps.

The global mobile average varied from just 105Kbps to 7.2Mbps.

Akamai looked at three providers in the U.K., but declined to say which ones.

The average U.K. mobile speed was between 1 and 3.8Mbps.

"They hold up pretty well on the global scene," said Belson.

Asia dominates cities with the fastest Internet speeds, with over half of the top 100 cities in Japan.  Only 12 U.S. cities made the list.

All the top twenty cities were either in Japan or South Korea, with the exception of Umea, in Sweden.

Other European cities that made the top 100 list included Baden-Baden in Germany, Wageningen in the Netherlands and Timisoara in Romania.

No U.K. city made it in the top 100 list.

The report also looked at where the most attack traffic derived from, such as phishing and spam.  Russia topped this list with 12 percent of such traffic.

Akamai delivers about 15 to 30 percent of all Internet traffic.  Over 487 million unique IP addresses from 233 countries or regions are connected to its network.


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