11 thoughts on “Across the planet, broadband is getting faster & faster”

  1. 18 states had an average peak connection speed above 30 Mbps? I don’t believe it. Think of all of the people who use DSL, probably 90% of which never get above 10 Mbps. Add in that most cable plans above 15 Mbps cost an extra $30 or more per month, and people just don’t want to pay for it. And I don’t even believe that 31 states had average peak speeds above 20 Mbps.

    The only people I know with who get speeds above 10 Mbps are those who have FiOS or pay $99/mo for high speed cable.

  2. Getting faster it is, but in the US, only at snail’s pace! We’ve been tracking 50-100Mbps in Japan and Korea for years! Europe, even with its usually conservative stance has leaped ahead of the US, the % reporting hides this progress, but speeds in Europe are well over 15Mbps in most cases where customers are willing to pay, mostly with xDSL, which ATT cannot reliably offer 3Mbps with!

    Does it take ‘this’ long for broadband speeds to propagate from East to West?

    1. Actually that is not so. US did pretty well over past 12 months and got its act together. However, the big problem is that we don’t have too much competition in the market and that is why things seem slower. It is the one and only true problem in the US: competition.

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  4. Funnily enough many of the people in Europe say exactly the opposite, pointing to the US being ahead 🙂 .

    Then again, here in the UK “superfast” broadband (which our government measures as 25Mbps+) is now available to 60% of UK homes (up from 53% a year ago). But just 6.6% have actually subscribed to such a service. Ofcom’s statistics.

    Editor – ISPreview.co.uk

    1. Mark

      Point topic says 10%. But the funny thing is that both UK and US are not good examples. I think other countries in Europe are doing better. Netherlands is a good example. Belgium, Czech Republic, Latvia – these are small countries and have been smart to upgrade in a big way. Of course it helps they don’t have massive regions to wire up.

  5. When I covered wireless and wireline in the 1990s, I referred to 3 segments in wireless as narrow, broad and wideband. Today, these might refer to high-kilo to low (10) meg, low to medium meg (10-100) and wide (100m-1gig), respectively.

    Akamai should use these speeds so that people aren’t fooled into believing that we have fast speeds; which are 20-150x slower than current technology due to remonopolization in the US and lack of competition globally.

    Then we see that wireless speeds from carriers will remain solidly in the narrowband world, while wired and 802.11 increases in the broadband segment and in select cases gets to wideband (Google, Gig.U, community broadband, etc…). This is important, because a disproportionate amount of the growth in consumption globally is still happening in wireless (hence narrowband).

    The nomenclature is also what links the lower layers to the application world in describing whether a specific application is mostly standard voice/text/low-res image (narrow), high-res image/short video clip or HD voice (broad), or HD video/data (wide). Synchronicity also plays an important role. In many instances the issue of upload speeds will determine how widely applications can scale and how much push/pull will occur a la the Wintel model of old.

    Finally, this nomenclature would have implications for investment in the upper layers vis a vis the lower layers and vice versa. In the process it would be define technologies and services in a lingua franca that could bring both sides together in terms of balanced settlement solutions. We desperately need better payment systems to stimulate investment in the lower layers; which is totally busted.

  6. In India the avg speed is less than 512 Kbps. The brands are portraying we have achieved 3G speed but they are cheating. in fact they don’t have a 2G setup only 🙂 Good to see such reports. thanks

  7. I wish that was the case here. I live in Lovington NM and we only have one provider. Windstream. A 500 fortune company. We pay them $60 dollars a month for 3Mbps download and we get barely 53Kbps a night.

    What they report and what they provide are two TOTALLY different things. I wrote them a letter telling them that I couldn’t believe the lack of respect the company has for their customers. I remember when companies used to care about the quality of their service or goods, now, it’s just about having people pay.

    What can I do? I can’t get anyone else, they have a monopoly. I wish Google or Verizon or some large company would come and invest in small cities like this, it would be a God send, but they don’t, so we are stuck with shitty companies like Windstream that charge you outrageous prices and give you the speed you can get from a dial up modem.

  8. Om, don’t forget Latvia, a small European country that is in the top ten of several of the Akamai broadband ratings.
    Written on my MacBook via WiFi connected to 100Mbps symmetrical fiber to the home from Lattelecom.

    Juris Kaža
    Latvian-American IT journalist
    Riga, Latvia

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