Average Global Data Speeds Grow 21% Year over Year
Global average connection speed increased 2.3 percent to 6.3 Mbps in the third quarter of 2016, a 21 percent increase year over year, according to Akamai.
Global average peak connection speed increased 3.4 percent to 37.2 Mbps in the third quarter, rising 16 percent, year over year.
Global 10-Mbps broadband adoption rate rose 5.4 percent quarter over quarter, while 15 Mbps adoption grew 6.5 percent. Use of 25 Mbps services grew 5.3 percent.
In the third quarter of 2016, of 61 surveyed countries or regions with mobile data, 24 had an average mobile connection speed at or exceeding the 10 Mbps broadband threshold, while 52 achieved average speeds at or above the 4 Mbps broadband level.
On average, users in Australia averaged 12.8 Mbps. In the United Kingdom, average mobile data speeds were 23.7 Mbps. In the United Arab Emirates, 13.3 Mbps was the average speed.
As you would guess, network demand now hinges almost exclusively on mobile and fixed network data demand.