2015 State of the Internet Report: data shows connection speeds and broadband adoption increased steadily since Q4 2014 Akamai Technologies, Inc.


Akamai Technologies, Inc. have released its Fourth Quarter, 2015 State of the Internet Report. Based on data gathered from the Akamai Intelligent Platform[TM], the report provides insight into key global statistics such as connection speeds, broadband adoption metrics, notable Internet disruptions, IPv4 exhaustion and IPv6 implementation.

"This quarter's report shows great year-over-year growth in average connection speeds and overall broadband adoption," noted David Belson, editor of the State of the Internet Report. "This is particularly important as consumer expectations rise and many high-profile events, like the summer games in Rio, will be streamed this year. The progress we're seeing across our key metrics shows that, while there's still work to be done, more parts of the world are increasingly able to support the delivery of broadcast-quality video content online."

European Highlights from Akamai's Fourth Quarter, 2015 State of the Internet Report: Average and Peak Connection Speeds: Positive growth trends continued for European countries

* Global average connection speed increased 8.6% to 5.6 Mbps from the third quarter, a 23% increase year-over-year.

* South Korea had the top average connection speed at 26.7 Mbps, followed by Sweden (19.1 Mbps) and Norway (18.8 Mbps). Four other European countries appeared in the global top 10 country/region list; the Netherlands (17.0 Mbps), Switzerland (16.7 Mbps), Finland (16.6 Mbps) and Denmark (16.1 Mbps).

* Year-over-year changes in average connection speeds were positive for all European countries surveyed. Ireland saw the smallest change, with a slight 0.7% increase, while Norway had the biggest increase at 65%.

* After a slight decline in the third quarter, the global average peak connection speed bounced back with a 1% increase to 32.5 Mbps in the fourth quarter. This led to 21% year-over-year growth.

* In Europe, Romania again led the region in average peak connection speeds with a 1.0% quarterly increase to 73.6 Mbps. A total of fifteen European countries had average peak connection speeds of at least 50 Mbps, compared to thirteen countries in the third quarter.

Broadband Connectivity: European countries continued to forge ahead with 25 Mbps adoption

* Globally, 7.1% of unique IP addresses connected to Akamai at average speeds of at least 25 Mbps, a dramatic 37% increase over the previous quarter. Year-over-year, global 25 Mbps adoption increased by 74%, in contrast to the 15% yearly...

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