Average broadband connection speeds continue to rise in the U.S. and abroad, content delivery network giant Akamai found in its latest State of the Internet Report.
Global average speeds reached 7 Mbps in Q4 2016, up 12% versus the previous quarter and surged 26% compared to the year-ago period, Akamai said.
South Korea remained atop that list, with an average of 26.1 Mbps, though that number dropped 2.4% year-on-year. That was followed by Norway, with an average of 23.6 Mbps, up 26% year-over-year, Sweden (22.8 Mbps/20%), Hong Kong (21.9 Mbps/31%) and Switzerland (21.2 Mbps/27%).
The U.S ranked 14th in the world in Q4, clocking in with an average connection speed of 17.2%, up 5.5% from Q3 2016 and up 21% year-on-year. Washington, D.C., at 26.7 Mbps, was home to the fastest average connection speed, followed by Rhode Island and Delaware (22.4 Mbps each), Massachusetts (21.7 Mbps) and New York (20.6%).
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