In the first quarter of 2010, Akamai calculated an average maximum connection speed of 33 Mbps in South Korea, almost 3X the average connection speed in that country. Asia continues to lead this metric as well, with South Korea, Hong Kong, and Japan taking the first three slots in the top 10 list, Akamai said.
European countries took six of the remaining slots, all with average maximum connection speeds over 15 Mbps. The U.S. placed eighth with an average maximum connection speed of 16 Mbps. In contrast to the average measured connection speed, the average maximum connection speed metric is more representative of the capability of many end-user Internet connections, Akamai said.
With 83 of the 109 mobile providers achieving maximum measured speeds greater than the 2 Mbps broadband threshold; 33 achieving maximum measured speeds greater than the 5 Mbps high broadband threshold; and six achieving maximum measured speeds greater than 10 Mbps. Average measured connection speeds ranged from 7.2 Mbps down to 105 Kbps. Coincidentally, both extremes were observed on mobile providers in Slovakia. (CED)