Everybody has heard of The State of the Union address the president presents every year. Did you know there is also a State of the Internet report? Akamai puts together quarterly reports on global internet trends, such as global broadband speeds and mobile data usage, that I always find interesting. How do you think the US fares in terms of average internet connection speed? The results may surprise you.
The US ranks 9th in the world when it comes to average measured internet connection speed, at 6.6Mbps (Megabits per second). South Korea tops the global list, connecting at over twice the speed of the U.S. with an average of 14.2Mbps. We've definitely got some catching up to do, and maybe the new Google Fiber which offers 1000Mbps internet (only available in Kansas City so far) will help us get there eventually.
Nationally, Delaware sits on top for both average measured connection speed and average peak connection speeds with 12.1 Mbps and 41.6MBps, respectively. Internet broadband speeds are improving quickly, with most states showing over 30% year-to-year increases in speed. I've seen this trend locally in Austin as ISP's such as Time Warner now provide 50Mbps internet offerings.
There are a few interesting charts on mobile use in this report as well. Across all networks most internet traffic comes from Mobile Safari (aka iPhones and iPads), accounting for over 60% of the traffic. Android comes in second at around 25%, with the Microsoft mobile browser and surprisingly Opera Mini claiming the rest of the traffic.
Data usage is also growing at a seemingly exponential rate, while voice usage has been stable throughout the past 5 years. Surely the widespread use of data-intensive services such as Google Maps, Skype and FaceTime are continuing the public's need for more data. It seems like we can't get enough.
Overall, a pretty interesting report, and I'm curious as to how things change as Google Fiber rolls out and expands its reach beyond Kansas City — Hey Google, Austin's a nice place too. I also expect that as we see higher speed cellular networks established, such as LTE, software developers will find more ways to give us more data — to continue to feed our insatiable appetite for media.
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(Images: 1. Google Fiber 2.-7. Akamai)