Cloud-platform company Akamai keeps a careful eye on internet speed and releases regular reports to keep the rest of the world updated on the best places to find a fast connection. So if you absolutely need to have the fastest internet in the land where do you go? As of Q1 2012 (the most recent report), Hong Kong is your dream destination. This time around Hong Kong unseated long standing No. 1 – South Korea. Here’s the top 10:
- Hong Kong
- South Korea
- United States
Overall, connection speed as a whole is already trumping the numbers from 2011. Engadget boils down the numbers:
Data from Akamai suggests that average speeds were just 2.6Mbps, but that was a healthy 14 percent improvement over the fall and a noticeable 25 percent better than early 2011. Average peak internet connection speeds surged just as much in the first quarter of this year: at 13.5Mbps, the average maximum was a 10 percent season-to-season boost and that same 25 percent versus a year before.
Akamai thinks the widespread increase can be traced back to the fact that many countries are embracing “high broadband connections” of at least 10 Mbps. South Korea (#2), the US (#8) and Switzerland (#9) have all seen increases in high broadband recently.