Akamai reports quarterly on the “State of the Internet.” They have been publishing reports for seven years. It’s a good benchmark on what’s happening with broadband around the world. This year they started tracking “4K Readiness,” which refers to ultra high definition TV. That’s a sign that ultra HD is hitting some sort of critical mass of users – or at least readiness. The report is also a standard for tracking where in the world we stand in terms of broadband availability and adoption.
Back in Q3 2010, Minnesota made the lists. That’s the last time I saw them on the list. Back then we ranked in the following areas:
- MN is #10 in Average Measured Connection Speed by State
- St Paul is #7 in Average Measured Connection Speed, Top US Cities by Speed
I’ll include some state rankings, but Minnesota no longer shows up at all – and we haven’t in years!
The US is not sitting pretty either. Here’s where we don’t show up:
- Top Average Connection Speed by Country
- Top Average Peak Connection Speed by Country
- Percentage of Users with better than 4 Mbps Connectivity
- Percentage of Users who are 4 K Ready
Here’s where we rank:
The US does rank well when compared to other counties in the Americas but looking globally is more important.
And one fun chart from the report that’s more a commentary on the State of the Internet, the chart on mobile growth…