In the first quarter, nine of the top 10 countries/regions saw increases in average connection speeds, including an 8 per cent jump for first place South Korea (23.6 Mbps), which is now 9 Mbps ahead of second place Japan (14.6 Mbps).
Of the top 10 countries, only the Czech Republic experienced a decrease in average connection speed, remaining in eighth place with a 1.9 per cent drop. Year-over-year, global average connection speeds grew by 24 per cent and increases were seen in all but seven countries/regions.
Growth ranged from a low of 0.7 per cent in Panama (2.6 Mbps) to a high of 196 per cent in Sudan (3.2 Mbps).
While South Korea showed a 145 per cent increase from the first quarter of 2013, a growth rate that nearly tripled Ireland's 47% increase, which ranked second in year-over-year growth among the top 10. Report author, David Belson, said while there continued to be improvement in high broadband adoption and average peak connection speeds in some areas of the world, the trends remained very positive.
"Steady year-over-year growth suggests that a strong, global foundation is being built for the enjoyment of next generation content and services like 4K video and increasingly connected homes and offices, and that connectivity will continue to evolve to support the growing demands these emerging technologies will place on the Internet."
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