Australia has surfaced as one of the world leaders in Internet speeds, according to content delivery network and Cloud services provider, Akamai Technologies.
The company recently revealed the results of its Q1 2015 State of the Internet report, which found that in the first quarter of this year, Australia was picked out as one of the top countries in Asia-Pacific for15 Mbps broadband adoption.
Australia’s 15Mbps Asia-Pacific Broadband Adoption rate was 6.9 per cent, a 6.1 per cent increase from the previous quarter and a 57 per cent YoY change.
Akamai’s report indicated that it made the list as a result of nbn co’s plans to upgrade its Telstra and Singtel-Optus cable networks with 10 Gbps-capable technology for 2017. The other country that was identified was Hong Kong’s Hkt service, which will be available to more than 80 per cent of the homes in Hong Kong.
South Korea was the clear global and regional leader in 15Mbps broadband adoption, as 58 per cent of the unique IP addresses from the country made requests to Akamai at average speeds of 15Mbps or higher.
“From rudimentary Internet-connected smartphones in 2008 to sensors in nearly any imaginable device in 2015, the so-called Internet of Things will continue to drive massive increases in Internet usage. And as Internet usage has grown over the last seven years, Internet connection speeds have improved as well,” Akamai industry and data intelligence senior director, David Belson, said.
As for mobile connectivity, the United Kingdom, once again, had the fastest average mobile connection speed at 20.4Mbps – a 28 per cent increase from the previous quarter. Denmark was again in second place, at 10.0Mbps. Vietnam had the lowest average connection speed, at 1.3Mbps. Australia's average mobile connection speed was 7.6Mbps.
Within the individual continental regions, the following countries had the highest average mobile connection speeds – Australia came in top at 149.3 Mbps, a 96 per cent increase above 4 Mbps. Japan, Singapore, and Thailand were the other three countries to post average peak speeds above 100 Mbps.
“Perhaps due in part to rollouts of higher-speed mobile technologies like LTE-A, the successor to 4G LTE, a total of 15 countries had average peak speeds above 50 Mbps— a large increase from just four in the previous quarter,” the report stated.
Other findings from the study include:
- the number of unique IPv4 addresses worldwide connecting to Akamai grew by nearly 10 million in the first quarter.
- The first quarter of 2015 saw continued depletion of available IPv4 address space as Regional Internet Registries assigned or allocated blocks of IPv4 address space to organisations within their respective territories.
- Overall, increases in IPv6 traffic were a bit weaker than in the fourth quarter.
- The global average connection speed saw a 10 per cent rise in the first quarter of 2015, increasing to 5 Mbps.
- In the first quarter, the global average peak connection speed saw an increase of 8.2 per cent to 29.1 Mbps