Where to Find the Fastest Internet Connections
While worldwide internet connections speeds are down slightly, average peak connection speeds are on the rise, according to research published by Akamai Technologies. The resulting "Second Quarter, 2016 State of the Internet Report" provides a thorough breakdown of internet speed and usage patterns throughout the globe. South Korea, for example, claims the fastest average connection speeds, while Singapore posts the top peak connection speeds. In the United States, the District of Columbia reigns supreme in both categories. And while the reported speeds are generally high, there are always potholes on the information highway that can cause business disruptions. "The continued [performance] in average connection speeds is a reassuring trend as online retailers prepare for the busy holiday shopping season," said David Belson, editor of the report. But "recent internet disruptions caused by everything from government-ordered blackouts to a 'lone monkey' sparking a widespread outage are reminders of the many factors that can affect access to and use of the internet that is so often taken for granted." (The "lone monkey" mention refers to an incident in Kenya, during which a monkey fell on a transformer at a primary hydroelectric plant and caused a national power blackout.) The report also contains data about IPv4 addresses and IPv6 traffic, and we've included that information. The research is the result of analysis of data gathered from the Akamai Intelligent Platform.