The latest Akamai report has been released, tracking worldwide broadband growth from Q4 2012. The US does not rank highly by international standards; Minnesota does even worse when compared to other states. We don’t do well with speed or adoption. We saw the same results last August.
Average Measured Connection Speed by Country/Region – US is #8
Average peak connection speed, we’re worse with US at #13.
In terms of adoption US is #8 – the report measures broadband and “high broadband” defined as 10 Mbps and up. (US ranks #13 for plain old broadband – defined as 4 Mbps.)
Akamai only reports on the Top Ten of each listing – except as you can see above including info on the US when it doesn’t make the Top Tem list. So while I don’t know where Minnesota ranks in terms of speeds and adoption, I can tell you we aren’t in the Top Ten of any metric. You can see on the maps below that the ranking lean heavily to the East Coast.
It’s discouraging. We hear in rural areas of Minnesota about how good broadband can help reach and retain business and residents. And I’ve heard people talk about lack of broadband has the opposite effect. I don’t think it’s a far stretch to point out that the same effect may be seen at the state and international level. Minnesota and the US may be overlooked by businesses.
I’m most interested in the Akamai rankings – but their highlights from the last 5 years were interesting too…
This issue of the State of the Internet Report marks the end of five years of publication — the near equivalent
of an eternity in Internet time. Over this half-decade period, we have seen:
The rapid rise of mobile phones and tablets using Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android operating systems as the primary devices for accessing Web content
The exhaustion of IANA’s central pool of IPv4 address space, and the ongoing depletion of available IPv4 address space across the Regional Internet Registries
Growth in IPv6 adoption across major backbone networks, end-user networks, major Web sites, and leading content delivery networks, including Akamai
The development of “national broadband plans” in countries around the world, laying out target connection speeds and adoption/availability targets for the next several years
“Internet disruptions” used as a means of control in some countries during periods of political unrest, where international Internet connectivity is severely limited, or severed entirely
Growth in Denial-of-Service (DoS) attacks as a means of protest, targeting government, financial services, commerce, and other enterprise Web sites and applications