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The U.S. is Catching up in Internet Connection Speeds

By - Source: Akamai | B 62 comments

There is no reason to believe that key Asian regions will be surrendering their leading position in Broadband connections anytime soon.

South Korea, Hong Kong and Japan are still leading the world, while the U.S. is getting closer to the top 10.

According to Akamai's State of the Internet report for Q2, South Korea topped the list of average Internet connection speeds with 15.7 Mbps, followed by Japan with 10.9 Mbps and Hong Kong with 9.3 Mbps. The U.S. landed at #12 with 6.7 Mbps, which, however, is more than twice the global average of 2.6 Mbps, and grew by 17 percent from Q1 and by 25 percent year over year. In both cases, the U.S. speed increase was faster than the global average, which jumped by 14 percent and 25 percent, respectively.

The U.S. is listed at eighth for average peak connection speeds. Akamai said that the average user in the U.S. now has a maximum of 28.7 Mbps available - 39 percent more than a year ago. Leading the charge is Hong Kong with 49.3 Mbps. South Korea is second with 47.8 Mbps and Japan came in third with 39.5 Mbps.

 

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    nebicanezer , August 15, 2012 12:15 PM
    Kansas City may be skewing those numbers a tad
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    The-Darkening , August 15, 2012 12:07 PM
    And to think that here in Argentina we're getting charged 20 U$S for 1 Mb. There are faster speeds, they become increasingly unaffordable. Max I've seen is 20 Mbs for 110 U$S monthly.
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    nebicanezer , August 15, 2012 12:15 PM
    Kansas City may be skewing those numbers a tad
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    wethrowpie , August 15, 2012 12:16 PM
    Darkening: You mean Megabit Mb, not MB Megabyte.
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    g00fysmiley , August 15, 2012 12:22 PM
    The-DarkeningAnd to think that here in Argentina we're getting charged 20 U$S for 1 MB. There are faster speeds, they become increasingly unaffordable. Max I've seen is 20 MBs for 110 U$S monthly.


    we might just pay more, i have a peak around 25Mb and after taxes and all internet aloen runs $80 that is peak though through comcast where they let you use your full connection for like 2 min to fool internet speed checks then drop me down to 3-4 Mb/s because they don't want to improve thier networks, they only want peopel to think they have
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    A Bad Day , August 15, 2012 12:23 PM
    One of my friends is consistently getting 200 Kb/s on his broadband connection. It dips below 54 Kb/s during the evening or a storm.

    nebicanezerKansas City may be skewing those numbers a tad

    No surprise
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    A Bad Day , August 15, 2012 12:24 PM
    Oh, and he's paying $30 for the connection.
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    The-Darkening , August 15, 2012 12:32 PM
    wethrowpieDarkening: You mean Megabit Mb, not MB Megabyte.


    Fixed, thanks! I will add that some companys doesn't even give you a full Mb. They give you 100 KB/s instead of 128 KB/s. People doesn't really know any better.
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    CaedenV , August 15, 2012 12:32 PM
    this is not so much because faster broadband is becoming available/affordable (though it is a little), but because phone companies are working extremely hard to get rid of their old copper networks which boots people from dial-up and DSL, and forces them to move to cable or fiber (or ridiculously priced cell phone plans).
    Cincinnati Bell is hoping to be off copper in all high-density areas within the next 3-5 years. That is a lot of people every month being moved up (whether they can afford it or not) simply because the cheaper/slower internet is no longer available, and there are a ton of other phone companies following the same type of time-line.

    I am all for progress, but I work with low income families directly affected by this, and for them it is a rather raw deal.
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    jojesa , August 15, 2012 12:33 PM
    Wow! I should not complaint about 20Mb @ $29 for the first two years then $40 after that with Optimum.
    I'm not that concerned about USA having the fastest speed in the planet but having reliable services everywhere. At least 5Mb available and accessible to each and every corner. That will be an accomplishment.
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    lanbaner , August 15, 2012 12:45 PM
    g00fysmileywe might just pay more, i have a peak around 25Mb and after taxes and all internet aloen runs $80 that is peak though through comcast where they let you use your full connection for like 2 min to fool internet speed checks then drop me down to 3-4 Mb/s because they don't want to improve thier networks, they only want peopel to think they have


    When I went to college in the US I had comcast and even though their customer service was really bad I was getting constantly 15Mb/s which was their standard package although it wouldnt be hard to believe comcast doing such a thing as slowing your conection down. Now back in Argentina I am paying for 3Mb/s $36usd but I never receive more than 2.5Mb/s not to mention the constant disconnections.
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    JohnnyLucky , August 15, 2012 12:52 PM
    Cox Cable is not catching up in my neighborhood!
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    Vladislaus , August 15, 2012 12:57 PM
    g00fysmileywe might just pay more, i have a peak around 25Mb and after taxes and all internet aloen runs $80 that is peak though through comcast where they let you use your full connection for like 2 min to fool internet speed checks then drop me down to 3-4 Mb/s because they don't want to improve thier networks, they only want peopel to think they have

    Ouch that is expensive. In my country with that price tag I can get 100 mbps optical fiber connection an still have a few bucks to spare.
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    aracheb , August 15, 2012 12:58 PM
    JohnnyLuckyCox Cable is not catching up anywhere !


    fixed!!
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    rnakrani , August 15, 2012 1:03 PM
    I regularly get between 29Mbps and 33Mbps (down) and 1.8Mbps (up) here in North Carolina. ~$60/month. I'm hoping Google eventually moves in so I can get 1,000Mbps down and 1,000Mbps up for $70/month though.
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    Evan20x , August 15, 2012 1:10 PM
    At my home out in the boonies I am stuck with dial up :/  no dsl or cable down my road yet. Times when I'm able to use a friends comcast is just exhilarating with download speeds of atleast 3 MB/sec which is just lovely lol

    My mother get's her DSL from AT&T the extreme package is like 6.0 Mbps, special price of $19.95 for a year or something like that. I've had my laptop over there and speeds are very consistent. Averaging 650 KB/sec give or take some. The max I've seen it hit was 730 KB/sec or so.

    That's the thing I like about DSL it's always consistent and rarely slows down like cable when there is heavy usage in the neighborhood.
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    roflmaonow , August 15, 2012 1:14 PM
    I have Cox and pay $35 per month. I signed up for their 18 Mbps plan, I have yet to see the speed go below 25 Mbps. On a good day I've seen it go up to 70 Mbps. I would say my avg connection speed since I signed up has been ain the 25-30 Mbps range. I guess I'm lucky to have a fast connection for a fair price.
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    puddleglum , August 15, 2012 1:15 PM
    These must be advertised speeds verses actuals. I supposedly have a 1.5 mb connection, but I keep an old dial-up account because there are times where it's faster. :( 
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    nforce4max , August 15, 2012 1:17 PM
    Don't forget there are still vast areas of this country that is still in the 56k dial up era if they even get that much. I have to cough up $52 a month for what is supposed to be a 2.5mb connection but only get around 300-500kb a sec but that is all I can get. The other options cost even more and two are slower grrr. This country needs to update it's infrastructure badly.
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    Marco925 , August 15, 2012 1:28 PM
    Quote:
    The U.S. is Catching up in Internet Connection Speeds while leaving canada far behind in the dust


    There. I Fixed it!
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    oj88 , August 15, 2012 1:47 PM
    AT&T U-verse 12 Mbps costs $48/mon, 6 Mbps costs $43/mon. Which is expensive, but cheaper than those plans from Cox.
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