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Global Internet Speeds Slowed Down in 2012
Source: AFP
Source Date: Thursday, January 24, 2013
Focus: Information Access, Health
Created: Jan 29, 2013

GLOBAL internet connection speeds around the world slowed in late 2012, according to a survey that suggested a temporary stall in broadband gains.

Akamai Technologies' third quarter "State of the Internet" report also found Brazil and China to have the biggest surge in web use.

The global average connection speed decreased by about 7 per cent between the second and third quarters of 2012 to 2.8 megabytes per second (Mbps).

But that appeared to be a temporary decline, since average connection speeds were up 11 per cent year over year.

South Korea continued to have the highest average connection speed at 14.7 Mbps, followed by Japan (10.7 Mbps) and Hong Kong (8.9 Mbps).

Globally, adoption of "high" broadband (speeds above 10 Mbps) grew 8.8 per cent in the third quarter and overall global broadband adoption grew 4.8 per cent, the report said.
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For the second quarter in a row, Brazil experienced the greatest year-over-year growth of 39 per cent within the group of top 10 countries. China showed the largest quarter-over-quarter increase of 5.7 per cent.

For the mobile internet, Akamai said Apple's Mobile Safari accounted for 60.1 per cent of data requests on all networks, with Google's Android browsers responsible for 23.1 per cent.
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