Average Internet Speed in the U.S. Jumps 28 Percent to 7.4Mbps

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Akamai Technologies, an Internet content delivery network headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, released its "The State of the Internet Report" for the fourth quarter of 2012. One of the findings in the report is that the average connection speed in the U.S. is now 7.4Mbps, representing a 2.3 percent jump sequentially and up 28 percent year-over-year.

That's also above the global average of 2.9Mbps and is enough to rank No. 8 on Akamai's list, though the U.S. is still far behind South Korea (No. 1) at 14Mbps. Japan is the only other country to break through 10Mbps with an average connection speed of 10.8Mbps to rank No. 2 on the list.

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Switching focus to the mobile world, Akamai noted an average connection speed of 4.5Mbps and average peak of 16.6Mbps in the U.S. Not surprisingly, most of Akamai's smartphone web data in the U.S. came from Android  Webkit users (35.3 percent), followed by Apple Mobile Safari in a close second (32.6 percent). As for all mobile devices, Apple Mobile Safari jumped to 58.7 percent versus Android Webkit at 21.7 percent.'

What kind of connection speeds to you typically see at home and on mobile?
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KOwen replied on Wed, Apr 24 2013 1:56 PM

Myself, and most everyone I know has between 15 Mbps - 20 Mbps. I imagine the averages will continue to increase as ISP's increase the speed on their lowest budget tier package like Comcast has done recently. I hope we can soon stop measuring speed in Mbps as well. It's a marketing scheme to make ppl with little tech knowledge think they are getting a lot of speed. 5Mbps sure looks nicer than .625 MBps. I don't know about you but everything I download is measured MBps.

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Clixxer replied on Wed, Apr 24 2013 2:59 PM

Eh give it a couple years and the US will be further along with Google doing their thing and AT&T now committed to building out a gigabit connection in Austin then it can only go up. 

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ajm531 replied on Wed, Apr 24 2013 4:45 PM

first off, it will be really neat to see what happens to those numbers with what google and att are doing as mentioned. Honestly i dont think it will take years well maybe 2 honestly. Since google is lighting a fire under every isp's butts gigabit services will move as fast as explosive diarrhea. You cant stop it and it happens lightning fast..

Secondly, another example of the many things japan beats the us at.

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ajm531 replied on Wed, Apr 24 2013 4:45 PM

ok so the double comment thing happened again but fortunately i could edit this time. Either my comp was messing up or hothardware was awesome and fixed it promptly

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Clixxer replied on Wed, Apr 24 2013 5:03 PM

ajm531:

first off, it will be really neat to see what happens to those numbers with what google and att are doing as mentioned. Honestly i dont think it will take years well maybe 2 honestly. Since google is lighting a fire under every isp's butts gigabit services will move as fast as explosive diarrhea. You cant stop it and it happens lightning fast..

Secondly, another example of the many things japan beats the us at.

I think it will take longer since Google and AT&T have to build the network first. I get my Japan and other countries are better but the US has to much landmass and to many people spread out. 7.4Mbps is still pretty good if we come in at 8th. I would think if we got into the top 5 then we would be doing really well or get to double digits. 

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Kidbest100 replied on Thu, Apr 25 2013 12:10 AM

Mreh... I live out in the sticks in Canada... Down: 5 MB Up: 20kb, or something dumb like that, not sure. I know my upload is 5mb though...

living in the sticks, in CANADA is a double whammy, and I cant see myself getting much faster internet in the forseeable future

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Clixxer replied on Thu, Apr 25 2013 12:16 AM

Damn I feel bad for ya man. Buddy and I always talk about going and buying land out in the middle of nowhere in Texas then realize we need atleast a good 10-15Mbps line as like the rock bottom of what is acceptable and then quickly squash that idea.

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mhenriday replied on Thu, Apr 25 2013 8:56 AM

For comparison, my fibre connexion here in Stockholm provides me with a nominal downstream speed of 100 Mb/s and an upstream speed of 10 Mb/s. When I check, which I often do, I find I'm getting about 95 Mb/s downstream and 12 Mb/s upstream....

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