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

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?