Akamai Internet Speed Top & Homing Pidgeons

Not long after we played around testing our connection here in Canada over broadband (cable) vs iPhone (3G), Akamai releases its 2009 Q3 report.

Internet by homing pidgeons The top 10 countries having the top Internet connection speeds are:

# Country Q3 09
Mbps
Q2-3
% D
YOY
% D
1 South Korea 14.6 29 16
2 Japan 7.9 8.2 11
3 Hong Kong 7.6 10 13
4 Romania 6.2 -0.1 12
5 Sweden 5.7 -5.0 6.2
6 Ireland 5.3 26 73
7 Netherlands 5.2 2.2 18
8 Switzerland 5.0 - 1.0
9 Denmark 4.8 1.6 7.7
10 Czech Republic 4.8 -3.1 23
18 United States 3.9 1.8 -2.4
- Global 1.7 18 13

 Top countries by connection speed Q3 2009 - table

Top countries by connection speed (bar chart) 

This data correlates roughly with what SpeedTest.net is showing (speeds in Mbps):

Top Countries by Download Speed (st.n)

# Country d/l u/l
1 Korea, Republic of 23.88 13 – 3.43
2 Japan 17.04 2 – 8.19
3 Aland Islands 16.39 5 – 6.05
4 Latvia 16.07 3 – 6.37
5 Romania 14.68 7 – 5.46
6 Lithuania 14.49 1 – 9.34
7 Sweden 14.39 9 – 5.30
8 Netherlands 13.76 14 – 3.42
9 Bulgaria 13.41 4 – 6.17
10 Andorra 12.95 8 – 5.31
11 Moldova 11.86 12 – 3.59
12 Hong Kong 10.37 6 – 5.63
13 Portugal 10.22 Ru – 11 – 4.8
14 Slovakia 10 Sv – 10 – 5.16
39 Canada 6.24 40 – 1.10

It should come as no surprise that Africa is lagging in the Continental Top:

World Top Continents - download speed

A South-African IT corporation, Unlimited IT, sent 4 GB of data in a USB key tied to Winston, a homing pidgeon, who fled 80 km (50 miles) in 1h 8 min. Including downloading [from USB key to computer], the transfer took two hours, six minutes and 57 seconds -- the time it took for only four percent of the data to be transferred using a Telkom line.

In some parts of the world, net neutrality seems to be the least of their worries FrustratedPraying

Sources / More info: akamai-twt, akamai, st.n, bbc-pidgeon, reuters-pidgeon, techxav-pidgeon, yt-net-speed

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