US Net Speeds Improve, But #17 Globally

Akamai has released its State of the Internet Report for Q1-2016 and the good news is the U.S. internet speeds are improving.  The U.S., however, now ranks only 17th globally in average broadband speeds.

   kbps    kbps
1 Korea 29,047 11 Iceland 17,458
2 Norway 21,315 12 Denmark 17,180
3 Sweden 20,646 13 Vatican City 16,769
4 Hong Kong 19,873 14 Singapore 16,501
5 Switzerland 18,662 15 Romania 16,070
6 Latvia 18,326 16 Belarus 15,815
7 Japan 18,185 17 United States 15,333
8 Netherlands 17,914 18 Belgium 15,286
9 Czech Republic 17,768 19 Lithuania 15,105
10 Finland 17,745 20 United Kingdom 14,936

Within the U.S., the District of Columbia takes the speed prize with speeds that are approximately 2.5 times that of last place Ohio.

State    kbps   State    kbps   State    kbps
1 DC 23,966 8 NY 18,033 45 NM 11,405
2 DE 21,163 9 VA 17,987 46 AR 11,267
3 RI 19,958 10 WA 17,367 47 MS 11,061
4 MA 19,890 11 PA 16,997 48 AK 10,905
5 UT 19,686 12 CT 16,891 49 ID 10,904
6 NJ 18,516 13 MI 16,839 50 KY 10,881
7 MD 18,414 14 CA 16,444 51 OH 9,038

This year’s report has an interface that allows you to manipulate some of the data. Below is an overview of trends in broadband speeds at kbps and percentage adoption of high-speed (10 kbps or greater) broadband showing how the United States matches up against its competitors by region.

Global Broadband Speeds

US v The Americas

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BRAZIL CANADA CHILE MEXICO UNITED STATES
4,521.4 14,288.6 7,311.1 7,050.0 15,333.2

US v Pacific Rim

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HONG KONG JAPAN SINGAPORE SOUTH KOREA UNITED STATES
19,873.5 18,185.1 16,501.1 29,047.9 15,333.2

US v Western Europe

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GERMANY NORWAY SWEDEN UNITED KINGDOM UNITED STATES
13,931.6 21,315.3 20,646.4 14,936.4 15,333.2

US v Eastern Europe

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CZECH REPUBLIC LATVIA ROMANIA RUSSIA UNITED STATES
17,768.4 18,326.1 16,070.2 12,171.4 15,333.2

US v South Asia

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INDIA PAKISTAN SRI LANKA UNITED STATES
3,466.0 2,508.1 5,405.9 15,333.2

US v The Middle East

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ISRAEL PALESTINE SAUDI ARABIA UNITED ARAB EMIRATES UNITED STATES
13,483.8 3,838.1 4,653.2 8,762.5 15,333.2