Australia has jumped up the world rankings of average Internet connection speeds with a yearly increase of 39 per cent.
That's according to the Akamai 2014 State of the Internet Report, which provides insight into key global statistics such as connection speeds, overall attack traffic, network connectivity/availability issues, and traffic patterns across leading Web properties and digital media providers.
The report ranked Australia at 42 globally, in terms of average connection speeds, up two positions from the previous quarter.
In the first quarter of this year, average connection speeds were recorded at 6.0Mbps (representing a 2.6 per cent increase quarter-over-quarter), while a year-on-year change of average connection speeds in Australia saw an increase of 39 per cent.
However, Australia ranked 41 globally in terms of average peak connection speeds, down nine positions from the previous quarter, despite the rollout of the NBN.
Average peak connection speeds in Australia were recorded at 31.6Mbps (representing a 10 per cent decrease quarter-over-quarter). Year-on-year changes saw a 20 per cent increase in Australia.
The nation ranked in 49 globally in terms of broadband connectivity (above 4Mbps), down five positions from the previous quarter.
The percentage of broadband connectivity (above 4 Mbps) was recorded at 55 per cent (a 3.3 per cent increase quarter-on-quarter).
Year-on-year changes saw a 70 per cent increase in Australia compared to the same period in 2013.
Australia ranked 38 in the world in terms of high speed broadband (more then 10 Mpbs) connectivity - down one poistion from the previous quarter.
The percentage of connectivity recorded above 10 Mbps in Australia was 11 per cent.
This was an increase of 11 per cent quarter-on-quarter, while year-on-year changes saw a 163 per cent increase in Australia compared to the same period in 2013.
However, in terms of mobile connectivity, Australia recorded one of the highest peak mobile connection speeds.
Australia’s average peak speed was more than twice as fast as the next highest country/region surveyed globally, which was seen in Japan (47.3 Mbps).
The country's impressive average peak mobile connection speed was not surprising, given that one of the providers in the country achieved an average peak speed of over 130 Mbps in the fourth quarter of 2013, thanks to an initial rollout of “LTE Advanced” technology.
Average mobile connection speeds in Australia were recorded at 4.6 Mbps.
South Korea surged ahead of Japan to strengthen its position as the world leader in average internet connection speeds.
The global average connection speed climbed 1.8 per to continue its steady growth over recent quarters.
Global average peak connection speeds dropped 8.6 per cent in the first quarter of 2014, year-over-year trends remained positive with a 13 per cent increase.
With the global average connection speed at 3.9 Mbps as of quarter-end, it is expected that the measurement will surpass the 4 Mbps broadband threshold next quarter, according to the report.
In the first quarter, nine of the top 10 countries/regions saw increases in average connection speeds, including an 8 per cent jump for first place South Korea (23.6 Mbps), which is now 9 Mbps ahead of second place Japan (14.6 Mbps).
Of the top 10 countries, only the Czech Republic experienced a decrease in average connection speed, remaining in eighth place with a 1.9 per cent drop.
Year-over-year, global average connection speeds grew by 24 per cent and increases were seen in all but seven countries/regions.
Growth ranged from a low of 0.7 per cent in Panama (2.6 Mbps) to a high of 196 per cent in Sudan (3.2 Mbps).
While South Korea showed a 145 per cent increase from the first quarter of 2013, a growth rate that nearly tripled Ireland’s 47% increase, which ranked second in year-over-year growth among the top 10.
Report author, David Belson, said while there continued to be improvement in high broadband adoption and average peak connection speeds in some areas of the world, the trends remained very positive.
“Steady year-over-year growth suggests that a strong, global foundation is being built for the enjoyment of next generation content and services like 4K video and increasingly connected homes and offices, and that connectivity will continue to evolve to support the growing demands these emerging technologies will place on the Internet.”