State of Internet Report shows fastest speeds on smallest networks

This year’s Akamai State of the Internet Connectivity report made a number of changes to how it tracked broadband, separating mobile networks from fixed lines and removing traffic from cloud hosting providers, which typically have extremely fast Internet connections, to prevent these two factors from skewing the outcome.

Mostly the report measures how many IPv6 connections there are in the world, their average speed and their peak speeds. Below we have reproduced the average speed table, with South Korea remaining in the lead, but the US finally making an appearance in the table at 10th, ahead of many European countries at 18.7 Mbps. But although it has overtaken countries like the UK and France in this respect, this average rate is only part of the picture.

The other half of the picture is what kind of speeds can broadband lines reach if they are attached to faster services – so what do they achieve as peak speeds?

Here we find are confined to smaller, less congested networks, which are more manageable, for the most part in smaller countries.

The global leader here is Singapore on 184.5 Mbps, a country of only 5 million people and Macao (132 Mbps) with just 587,000 people. And despite the massive expanses of the interior of Mongolia, it has a population of just 3 million, concentrated in a few tiny regions, and most of the other leaders are the same. The largest two are at the bottom in Israel and Sweden with 8 million and 9.8 million, where again the largest chunks of the population are in smaller regions.