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Hong Kong Tops World's Fastest Internet Ranking

by Mary Swire, Tax-News.com, Hong Kong

06 February 2014

A new global report on internet connectivity says that Hong Kong continues to have the fastest average peak internet speed, and that it has the third-highest average connection speed.

Cloud service provider Akamai found that Hong Kong has an average peak internet speed of 65.4Mbps, ahead of South Korea, Japan, and Singapore. However, South Korea came first for average connection speed, at 22.1Mbps, while Hong Kong came third, after Japan, at 12.5Mbps. Further, 81 percent of Hong Kong's connections were above 4Mbps, and 38 percent were above 10Mbps.

The UK was ranked 14th for average connection, at 9.1Mbps; 77 percent of the country's connections were above 4Mbps, and 27 percent were above 10Mbps. By comparison, Spain's average connection was 6.9Mbps, with 71 percent above 4Mbps and 14 percent above 10Mbps. Meanwhile, Australia's average connection was 5.5Mbps, with 51 percent above 4Mbps and 8.1 percent above 10Mbps.

Akamai's figures refer to the third quarter of 2013. The company explains that it has a globally-distributed Intelligent Platform made up of a distributed network of servers and intelligent software, which delivers over two trillion interactions daily. The Platform allows Akamai to gather large amounts of information on many metrics, including connection speeds and network connectivity/availability issues, and the data is published quarterly in the company's State of the Internet Report.

The company describes the report as a "key reference for those involved in broadband initiatives around the world, whether at an industry or government level."

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