Latest Akamai broadband speed report is out (Q1 2016) – MN ranks between 18-30 depending on category

The latest Akamai report is out – Q1 2016. They measure worldwide broadband adoption and speeds. Here’s the high level look at what’s happening…


The global average connection speed increased 3.5% quarter over quarter, to 5.1 Mbps, while the global average peak connection speed grew 12% to 32.5 Mbps. At a country/region level, South Korea continued to have the highest average connection speed in the world, despite a 2.1% decrease from the first quarter to 23.1 Mbps, while Singapore maintained its position as the country with the highest average peak connection speed after a 12% quarterly jump to 108.3 Mbps.

Globally, 4 Mbps broadband adoption was up 1.1% from the first quarter to 64%, with South Korea and Bulgaria having the highest levels of adoption at 96%. Despite small quarterly decreases in adoption in the second quarter, South Korea unsurprisingly led the world again in broadband adoption for the 10 Mbps, 15 Mbps, and 25 Mbps thresholds, with adoption rates of 75%, 53%, and 29%, respectively. Global 10 Mbps, 15 Mbps, and 25 Mbps broadband adoption grew very modestly, posting gains of 2.1%, 2.5%, and 7.5% at each threshold and reaching adoption levels of 27%, 14%, and 4.9%, respectively.

Akamai tracks “top 10” locations for varies speeds. Unfortunately Minnesota does not rank in the top 10 – and frankly hasn’t for years. Fortunately, the folks at Akamai are kind enough to delve into their research to share with us where we land…

Here are the Minnesota stats:

  • Average: #18, 15.8 Mbps (+5.7% QoQ, +24% YoY)
  • Average Peak: #25, 66.7 Mbps (+8.0% QoQ, +19% YoY)
  • 4 Mbps Broadband: #28, 85% adoption (+2.2% QoQ, +7.6% YoY)
  • 10 Mbps Broadband: #30, 54% adoption (+4.1% QoQ, +22% YoY)
  • 15 Mbps Broadband: #22, 35% adoption (+6.7% QoQ, +54% YoY)
  • 25 Mbps Broadband: #18, 14% adoption (+12% QoQ, +87% YoY)

Our speeds are getting faster – but our rankings are more volatile – and volatile might be over stating it. We wiggle between 18-30 depending on what you want to measure. We’re just not seeing a lot of movement forward there. It’s as if the rest of the world has moved the goalpost and we’re still aiming for lower goals. Maybe the recent change in speeds in the legislature will make a difference. (The 100 Mbps down and 20 Mbps up by 2026.)

Akamai MN Ranking Q1 2016

Akamai MN Ranking Q1 2016

Akamai MN Speeds Q1 2016

Akamai MN Speeds Q1 2016


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Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (, hosts a radio show on MN music (, supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota ( and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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