That’s one takeaway from Akamai’s Q3 2013 “State of the Internet” report that was published today and analyzed Internet connections in locations around the world based on data from Akamai’s Intelligent Platform.
Globally, Internet speeds grew 10 percent from Q2 2013 at an average of 3.6 Mbps. However, global average peak connection speed dropped by 5.2 percent to 17.9 Mbps.
South Korea had the fastest average connection speed at a blistering 22.1 Mbps, marking a huge 66 percent increase from Q2 2013. Hong Kong had the highest average peak connection speed at 65.4 Mbps.
The U.S. finished with the eighth-fastest average connection at 9.8 Mbps, a 13 percent increase from the previous quarter. Nearly all 50 U.S. states actually saw at least a 10 percent increase in speeds from Q2 2013, with ten states seeing quarterly growth above 20 percent. Washington had the tenth-fastest average connection speed at 11.4 Mbps.
The report also noted broadband adoption worldwide, which grew 5.8 percent quarter-over-quarter to 53 percent. In the U.S., overall broadband adoption increased by more than 30 percent and by 40 percent in Washington.
Finally, Akamai reported that mobile data traffic saw massive increases. Based on information from Ericcson, that traffic grew by 80 percent from the third quarter in 2012: