This morning, Akamai Technologies, “the leading provider of cloud optimization services,” released their quarterly State of the Internet Report. Through the analyzation of traffic passing through its network, Akamai can — fairly accurately — determine which cities have the fastest internet connections, what the average global internet speed is, etc. In the first quarter of 2010 alone, over 487 million unique IP addresses, from 233 countries, connected to Akamai's network. Unsurprisingly, in naming the 100 cities with the fastest internet, Asia dominated the bunch; sixty one of the top 100 cities were located in Japan alone. Only 12 cities in the States made the list; seven of them were located in California. The fastest city in Europe was Umea, Sweeden, ranked #18. The U.S. averaged a maximum connection speed of 16 Mbps (Rank #8), and ranked sixteenth in global average connection speed with 4.7 Mbps.
Akamai also stated that amongst mobile carriers, “83 of the 109 mobile providers achieved maximum measured speeds greater than the 2 Mbps broadband threshold; 33 achieving maximum measured speeds greater than the 5 Mbps high broadband threshold; and six achieving maximum measured speeds greater than 10 Mbps.”
Hit the read link to see the full report.