Content Delivery Business Akamai released its Third Quarter, 2015 State of the Internet Report just before Christmas and if - like us – you were buried under presents then you probably missed out. The big news is 25 Mbps adoption is up, with Europe grabbing the majority of the places in the worldwide top ten, however the bad news for those in the UK is that it’s not mentioned. That’s despite the UK government’s recent boast of being on track to deliver superfast broadband to 95% of the UK by the end of 2017, which according to these figures seems to mean more the 4 Mbps, which is hardly superfast, you need a guaranteed 15 Mbps to stream 4K video.
Although the UK is managing good growth for Europe; all European countries surveyed experienced a quarterly increase in average connection speeds, with double digit gains being posted by Norway (15%) and the UK (10%). If you do class 4 Mbps as fast then things are improving, as 4Mbps broadband adoption rates in the UK increased by 2.1% over Q2 to 87% whilst year-over-year figures increased by 7.1%. The UK ranks 27th in the World with 87% achieving 4Mbps and 13th in Europe, the Netherlands is top of the European table with 95% over 4 Mbps.
Globally, 5.2% of unique IP addresses connected to Akamai at average speeds of at least 25 Mbps, a 6.3% increase over the previous quarter. Sweden is up at number two after seeing a quarterly increase of 26% to reach 19% adoption in the country. Behind Sweden in the top ten for 25 Mbps adoption were another six European countries including, Norway (#3), Latvia (#4), Switzerland (#6), Finland (#8), the Netherlands (#9) and Czech Republic (#10). Quarterly increases among these countries ranged from 14% in Switzerland to 48% in Norway, the biggest growth was in Portugal which led the field with a 203% increase (to 5.2% adoption), thanks to a surge in fibre-to-home connections in recent quarters. South Korea held onto the top spot as the global leader in 25 Mbps adoption, with almost one-in-four IP addresses connected to Akamai at average speeds exceeding the threshold.
Of the countries tested just 15% connected to Akamai at average “4K-ready” connection speeds of 15 Mbps or above, up 5.3% from the second quarter. With a total of 12 European countries with at least one-in-five IP addresses connecting to Akamai at speeds above 15 Mbps in the third quarter. The UK was 14th worldwide for 15 Mbps, and 9th in Europe – behind Romania!! - with just 13% of connections consistently averaging more than 15Mbps, up 21% on the year.
The Year-over-year changes were positive for all European countries surveyed. Spain and Germany saw 15 Mbps adoption rates more than double, posting gains of 111% and 104% respectively, while an additional seven countries saw yearly growth rates of more than 50%: Norway, Denmark, Portugal, Hungary, Poland, France and Italy.
If you want very fast internet then you need to move to South East Asia, where Singapore retained its position as the country/region with the highest average peak connection speed of 135.4 Mbps and Hong Kong was second with 101.1 Mbps and South Korea in 3rd with 86.6 Mbps. In Europe, Romania (72.9 Mbps) and Sweden (69.0 Mbps) headed the pack, with 13 European countries gaining an average peak connection speed of at least 50 Mbps, with the UK at 23rd in the World and 10th in Europe with a peak speed of 54.2 Mbps up 16% over the same quarter last year.