Hong Kong Takes the Top Spot For Peak Internet Speed

MIC Gadget

By Star Chang,
Re-post October 2012

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According to the latest data presented in Akamai’s “State of the Internet” report, the average global internet connection speed has increased slightly since the end of last year, and mobile data traffic has almost doubled over the past year. Year-over-year, the global average peak connection speed increased by 25 percent, and increases were also seen across all of the top 10 countries. Once again, South Korea (15.7 Mbps) featured the fastest average connection speed. While Hong Kong took the top spot for average peak connection speed (49.3 Mbps), dropping South Korea (47.8) to second place …

The terms “broadband” and “high broadband” are now more in line with speed targets set out by the United States, China and the European Commission. Broadband connections are now defined as 4 Mbps or greater, while high broadband at 10 Mbps or greater. Among the top 10 countries for high broadband adoption, South Korea topped the list with 53 percent penetration, Japan ranked at second with 37 percent and Hong Kong at third with 28 percent. Hong Kong, the special administrative regions of China, has more advance network infrastructure than any cities in mainland China. The average connection speed is also ranked-in top 3, measured at 9.3 Mbps. When looking at peak connection speeds for mobile surfing, a provider in Hong Kong offered the highest speed of 32.2 Mbps.

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Hong Kong people can also enjoy astoundingly fast internet speed at super low price. In 2010, local broadband provider had already introduced fiber-to-the-home service, at a speed of 1,000 megabits a second for less than $26 (166 yuan) a month. We believe it doesn’t have anything close to that in western countries, and of course not even in motherland of China. One thing working in Hong Kong’s favor is its greater population density, enabling broadband companies to reach multiuser dwellings at a much lower cost. Some provider was even willing to suffer several years of losses while building out its fiber network before it turned profitable. We will see if Google Fiber could offer a better internet speed at a lower price in the US.

SOURCE: Akamai


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