Akamai reports and ranks broadband growth: Minnesota ranks 20-28 depending on stat

The latest Akamai State of the Internet report is out for Q3 2014. It is a well-respected look at global Internet statistics – on security, growth and speeds. It’s interesting to look at the high level direction of Internet connectivity…

In the third quarter, Akamai observed a 0.3% quarterly increase in the number of unique IPv4 addresses connecting to the Akamai Intelligent Platform, growing to just over 790 million, or about two million more than were seen in the second quarter of 2014. Belgium remained the global leader in IPv6 adoption, with 27% of connections to Akamai in the third quarter occurring over IPv6. Looking at connection speeds, the global average connection speed dropped 2.8% to 4.5 Mbps, and the global average peak connection speed fell 2.3% to 24.8 Mbps. At a country/region level, South Korea continued to have the highest average connection speed at 25.3 Mbps but Hong Kong again had the highest average peak connection speed at 84.6 Mbps. Globally, high broadband (>10 Mbps) adoption dropped 0.5% but remained at 23%, and South Korea remained the country with the highest level of high broadband adoption, growing to 81%. Global broadband (>4 Mbps) adoption grew 1.0% quarter-over-quarter to 60%, and South Korea’s broadband adoption rate increased slightly to 96% in the third quarter. “4k-ready” (>15 Mbps) connections declined 2.8% on a global basis; in global leader South Korea, 66% of connections to Akamai were at those speeds.

It’s a quick look what’s happening. More people (or things) getting online. Average speeds have slowed a bit. The digital divide is clear. Global average connection speed is 4.5 Mbps – South Korea’s average connection speed is 25.3 Mbps. And you’ll notice no mention of the US – that’s because we aren’t ranking in the top ten nations in broadband speed or expansion.

Minnesota isn’t doing any better. Minnesota doesn’t rank in the top ten states for any of the stats measured. With special thanks to Akamai. Here’s how we rank – with numbers with how we’re doing and comparing to last quarter and last year.

  • Average Speed: 11.7 Mbps, up 1.3% QoQ, up 16% YoY, ranked #20
  • Average Peak: 49.6 Mbps, up 11% QoQ, up 28% YoY, ranked #20
  • High Broadband (>10 Mbps): 36%, up 2.6% QoQ, up 13% YoY, ranked #28
  • Broadband (>4 Mbps): 73%, up 3.1% QoQ, down 1.6% YoY, ranked #28
  • 4K Readiness (>15 Mbps): 18%, down 4.0% QoQ, up 34% YoY, ranked #25

Clearly there’s work to be done. One odd note is the slip in 4K Readiness.

Here’s a glimpse as where we want to be:

akamai Q3 1

Akamai Q3 2

This entry was posted in Digital Divide, MN, Research by Ann Treacy. Bookmark the permalink.

About Ann Treacy

I have a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. I have been interested or involved in providing access to information through the Internet since 1994, when I worked for Minnesota’s first Internet service provider. I am pleased to be a part of the Blandin on Broadband Team. I also work with MN Coalition on Government Information, Minnesota Rural Partners, and the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

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