US Cities With Fastest Internet Speed

Few months back, a study published by SpeedMatters.org listed down the American states with the highest measured broadband connectivity speed. Now, in a similar report conducted for individual cities, Akamai looks into the average connection speed. Interestingly as pointed out in the study, US cities or towns that host colleges are among the places with the most impressive broadband internet speeds.

Here are the fastest US cities and the average connection speed according to Akamai

1. Berkeley, CA : 18.73 Mbps
2. Chapel Hill, NC : 17.483 Mbps
3. Stanford, CA : 16.956 Mbps
4. Durham, NC : 13.636 Mbps
5. Ithaca, NY : 13.365 Mbps
6. Ann Arbor, MI : 13.178 Mbps
7. College Station, TX : 13.129 Mbps
8. Urbana, IL : 11.764 Mbps
9. Cambridge, MA : 11.708 Mbps
10. University Park, PA : 11.066 Mbps

Countries With Highest Technology Productivity

How equipped are the various countries to use their Information and Communications Technology (ICT) infrastructure to an economic advantage? In its recently published annual study of ‘networked readiness’ the World Economic Forum has ranked the various countries on this parameter. Here are the rankings

1. Sweden
2. Singapore
3. Denmark
4. Switzerland
5. United States
6. Finland
7. Canada
8. Hong Kong SAR
9. Netherlands
10. Norway

Other countries in the list include
13. United Kingdom
14. Germany
16. Australia
18. France
21. Japan
37. China
43. India

Number of Broadband Subscribers Worldwide

Internet through fiber broadband cables is growing very fast and nearly 84% of the world’s fiber broadband connections from Asia Pacific; predominantly from Japan and South Korea. Here are the current state of broadband connections and how they are expected to grow by 2014 according to a study conducted by ABI research

End of 2009
Total Subscribers : 422 million (9% increase YoY)
DSL : 65%
Cable : 25%
Fiber Broadband : 11%

Number of broadband subscribers by 2014 : 501 million (CAGR 20% 2009-2014)

Countries With Highest Average Broadband Speed

Europe and East Asia are regions with the highest broadband speed. The state of internet report by Akamai puts the average global internet speed at 1.7 Mbps which has grown 13% year-over-year. Here are the top ten countries with the highest broadband speeds

1. South Korea : 14.6 Mbps
2. Japan : 7.9 Mbps
3. Hong Kong : 7.6 Mbps
4. Romania : 6.2 Mbps
5. Sweden : 5.7 Mbps
6. Ireland : 5.3 Mbps
7. Netherlands : 5.2 Mbps
8. Switzerland : 5.0 Mbps
9. Denmark : 4.8 Mbps
10. Czech Republic : 4.8 Mbps

United States is 18th at average internet speed of 3.9 Mbps

Internet Penetration in American Households

A recent study commissioned by FCC into the state of internet in USA show that there is a heavy disparity between the rural and urban areas when it comes to internet connectivity. Here are some of the statistics from the study

Total number of American households : 117 million
Number of households with NO internet : 45 million
Number of households on dialup connection : 13 million

Percent of American households with no broadband access : 49%

Considering the broadband stimulus plan will only offer around $7.4 billion, it is estimated that 40 million households will lack broadband access even by 2014 – a major portion of them in rural USA.

World Broadband Rankings By Usage

Most of the broadband rankings published are with respect to either the penetration levels (subscriber count) or by speed. However, another important parameter in ranking leading broadband users is by the average amount of content consumed. Accordingly, here are the world leaders ranked by average quantity of content consumer per user per month

1. South Korea : 24.5 GB
2. France : 14.3 GB
3. USA : 14.2 GB
4. Germany : 12.9 GB
5. UK : 11.9 GB
6. Japan : 9.9 GB

Average broadband connection : 11.4 GB

US Broadband Subscribers Growth

As Om Malik of GigaOm puts it, this past decade from 1999 to 2009 has been the Decade of broadband. The change in internet landscape since then has largely been because of the increase in broadband subscribers. Here is how the numbers grew in the past ten years in US

2000 : 5.0 million
2001 : 9.7 million
2002 : 16.1 million
2003 : 22.3 million
2004 : 32.5 million
2005 : 42.9 million
2006 : 54.0 million
2008 : 67.7 million
2009 : 80.0 million

Broadband Stimulus Grants : Demand And Supply

The American government had instituted a broadband stimulus funding to bridge the digital divide between the haves and have-nots. But is the supply sufficient to meet the demand? Here are some statistics

Number of American households without internet access in 2008 : 58 million
Number of American households with no internet in 2014 : 40 million (estd.)

Broadband stimulus granted : $7.2 billion Or $164 per household.
Actual stimulus needed per household : $1,500 per household Or $60 billion.

This report by Insight research claims the actual stimulus required is thus seven times the grant currently allocated.

Broadband Penetration In European Households

Here is a comprehensive list of broadband penetration as percentage of total households across Europe for 2009. The study about internet usage was conducted by Eurostat and you may download the abstract here (PDF)

Austria : 58%
Belgium : 63%
Bulgaria : 26%
Croatia : 39%
Cyprus : 47%
Czech : 49%
Denmark : 76%
Estonia : 62%
Finland : 74%
France : 57%
Germany : 65%
Greece : 33%
Hungary : 51%
Iceland : 87%
Ireland : 54%
Italy : 39%
Latvia : 50%
Lithuania : 50%
Luxembourg : 71%
Macedonia : 34%
Malta : 63%
Netherlands : 77%
Norway : 78%
Poland : 51%
Portugal : 46%
Romania : 24%
Serbia : 23%
Slovenia : 56%
Slovakia : 42%
Spain : 51%
Sweden : 80%
Turkey : N/A
United Kingdom : 69%

Dial-Up Internet Households in US

Do dial-up internet connections still exist? Yes, they do and they are not going away anytime soon. The number of dial up connections out of total internet households in US are in single digit percentages and shall continue to see a decline as we move ahead. Here are the percentage of American households with dial up connections now and in the coming years

2008 : 7.3%
2009 : 5.5%
2010 : 4.9%
2011 : 4.5%
2012 : 4.0%
2013 : 3.4%