As Internet gets faster, Hong Kong & South Korea lead the broadband speed derby

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  1. In Las Vegas, and i am jealous. I pay for 50 Mbps and get 15-18Mbps day time, & only approach 30 Mbps after midnight.

    Running a mini Linux in a quad desktop system with 2 Gigabit Ethernet card, Gigabit router, and a SB6180 with new software.

    I would think we would be a good city for google, but guess Utah needs the speed increases more than us, when we have a much larger event schedule that could help pay google for installing a 1 gig system for residential customers.

    JR

  2. A few points need clarifying.

    1. The US improved from 14th to 13th in “average peak connection speed” which is best measure of network capacity per Akamai.

    2. The US remains in 8th place in “average connection speed” which Akamai says is affected by IP address sharing and by browser concurrency. The more people use Chrome and Firefox, the lower this number gets.

    3. Akamai doesn’t measure adoption per se; they measure the proportion of IP addresses that get >4 Mbps (they call this “broadband”) and they measure the proportion that get >10 Mbps (“high broadband”). Unfortunately, they have no way of knowing what percentage of a nation’s population is unconnected or using dialup.

    Dave Belson wrote a nice blog post explaining what these numbers mean as there has been a great deal of confusion over them: https://blogs.akamai.com/2013/04/clarifying-state-of-the-internet-report-metrics.html He’s in charge of the SOTI report.

  3. Abhi , internet speed varies from service provider to service provider. I am living in Chennai and using airtel . Connecting through usb modem i’m getting 5.5 to 6 mbps. Broad band through
    Cable you may get up to 8 mbps.

  4. My “high speed” cable internet provider only offers “up to” 4 Mbps. Right now I’m at 3.3 Mbps which means my download speed is a whopping .4 Mbps. When I am on my laptop using a wireless router my speed drops to less than 2 Mbps.
    That is the mid-range plan. If I pay for the business plan I get “up to” a whole 8 Mbps. That’s the maximum available here, and it’s expensive. How much do you all pay for your fast internet (for your home)? I’m thinking I’m not getting my money’s worth!

  5. i live in arizona. when running my cat 5 from my router in my room to my computer in the dining room i get right at 90 Mbps. when i run the cat 5 from the modem straight to the computer i have hit 196.34 <—- last two numbers just throwin out there cause they don't really matter. but my isp is cox commumications. the internet itself is right above 90 a month. Just to give an example, when i download video games off of steam it downloads at around 16.5 MB/s oh yeah, and speedtest.net is the best site to test your speed, besides my isp has a bandwidth monitor and it is spot on. i was thinkin how dial up was and i remember it was like 2.5 kbps maybe a little more. i converted mine into kbps and it was 96.394 i was like wwwwwwwwwwwwwwaaaaaaaaaaaaaattttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt? was a trip

  6. I like in the rural area of New York and since I’m the only house within a mile from here, I have to settle for satellite internet. Not only am I forced to pay $70/month for 1mbps speeds (and only get around 130kbps of it if I’m lucky (currently downloading @ 6kbps)), but my latency on gaming servers have only seen numbers below 1000ms twice. I usually get anywhere around 3000ms-7000ms. I’ve even taken a test on speedtest.net just to find a whopping 10,000ms of ping. Three miles down the road, my boyfriend gets 150ms ping and a high-broadband connection.

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