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This article was published on January 19, 2010


    South Korea Tops the World in Internet Connection Speed…Again

    South Korea Tops the World in Internet Connection Speed…Again
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    Akamai’s released its quarterly “State of the Internet” report last Wednesday. I’m sure it comes as no surprise to anyone who knows anything about the Internet in South Korea that South Korea topped the list of with an average connection speed of 14.6 Mbps.  This is a quarterly increase of 29 percent and an annual increase of 16 percent.

    However, last year South Korea announced its goal to have Internet speeds up to 1 GBps by 2012.  In 2009 South Korea immediately got started to reach that goal.

    Therefore, the steep jump between the second quarter and the third quarter probably has a lot to do with them beginning to install the infrastructure to be required for that increase in speed

    During the third quarter of 2009, most countries in the top-10 for Internet performance averaged an 18 percent increase in speed from the second quarter.  Ireland came in second for the most improved.  They had a 26 percent increase to 5.3 Mbps.

    Due to the significant increase of mobile devices, the report also talked about the mobile market it its report.

    The report also ranked countries on the number of cyber attacks.  On that list, China was in the top-10 ranking fourth behind Russia, Brazil and the United States.

    Source: CNET – Akamai: World’s Net connection speeds rising