Akamai’s State of the Internet report released today shows more Australians than ever are taking up high-speed broadband, as peak connection speeds continue to near heights reached in 2009.
Internet speeds, fuelled by the growth of cellular networks and low-cost smartphones and tablets, are on the rise, and this last quarter the world finally reached a tipping point. Globally we have finally passed average connection speeds of 4 megabits per second — the threshold for global “broadband” connectivity.
Akamai published its quarterly “State of the Internet” report for the last quarter of 2012 today. The report, as usual, looks at global Internet speeds, as well as the state of Internet security, the number if IPv4 numbers in use and other similar metrics.
Internet speeds, of course, are the most interesting numbers for users in this report.
Although it may not seem like it, the latest report from Akamai says internet speeds are increasing almost everywhere in the US.
Major ISPs, such as AT&T and Verizon, are pleading with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) not to boost its definition of broadband to 10 Megabits per second (Mbps) from its current benchmark of 4Mbps.
Mobile broadband networks in Australia have improved average download speeds by 68 percent in two years to 2,941Kbps, according to IDC, after conducting 2,000 independent tests over a nine month period.
Akamai has started to include performance data from mobile broadband networks in its quarterly 'State of The Internet'. Initial results suggest that proliferation of the iPhone, and other smartphones, are have a significant impact on average bandwidths.
So i'm just curious what everyone's current internet connection speed and price is. I live in Alaska, about 10 miles out of Fairbanks (pretty much right in the middle of the state), and for $50 a month, i get a 320kbps/256kbps DSL connection that likes to crap out on me every day. I'm especially curious to see what some of the #!ers out of the US are getting for an inter