Global Internet hit 2012 speed bump, study finds

Jan 23, 2013
People surf the Internet at a cafe in Beijing on November 2, 2012. Global Internet connection speeds around the world slowed in late 2012, according to a survey released that suggested a temporary stall in broadband gains.

Global Internet connection speeds around the world slowed in late 2012, according to a survey released Wednesday that suggested a temporary stall in broadband gains.

Akamai Technologies' third quarter "State of the Internet" report also showed China remained the biggest source of computer attacks, and that Brazil and China appear to have the biggest surge in Web use.

The global average connection speed decreased by some seven percent between the second and third quarters of 2012 to 2.8 megabytes per second (Mbps).

But that appeared to be a temporary decline, since average connection speeds were up 11 percent year over year.

South Korea continued to have the highest average connection speed at 14.7 Mbps, followed by Japan (10.7 Mbps) and Hong Kong (8.9 Mbps).

Globally, adoption of "high" broadband (speeds above 10 Mbps) grew 8.8 percent in the third quarter and overall global broadband adoption grew 4.8 percent, the report said.

For the second quarter in a row, Brazil experienced the greatest year-over-year growth of 39 percent within the group of top 10 countries. China showed the largest quarter-over-quarter increase of 5.7 percent.

In analyzing Web attacks from 180 countries or regions, Akamai said China remained the single largest source, with 33 percent of all attacks originating within its borders. The United States accounted for 13 percent, followed by Russia at 4.7 percent.

For the mobile Internet, Akamai said Apple's Mobile Safari accounted for 60.1 percent of data requests on all networks, with Google's Android browsers responsible for 23.1 percent.

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Royale
not rated yet Jan 23, 2013
FYI,
Mbps is megabits per second.
MBps is megabytes per second.
there are 8 bits in a byte.

In this article they mean megabits per second (Mbps) as 2.8*8 = 22.4 and 22.4 Mbps would be way too high for a world average.
VendicarD
3 / 5 (4) Jan 23, 2013
U.S. - ARKANSAS = 0.5 MB/s and falling.

It is a shame the Parasite Conservative states are holding America behind the other nations.
jonnyboy
1.3 / 5 (7) Jan 23, 2013
keep hiding scott
VendicarD
5 / 5 (1) Jan 23, 2013
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Royale
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I'd love to see Texas secede. Pull all the federal border guards back to the north of the current state lines and watch the fireworks...
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