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Australia records world's highest peak average mobile connection speed: Akamai

While Australia boasts the highest peak average cellular data connection speed worldwide, it has also dropped down to 50th place in terms of broadband connectivity above 4Mbps, according to the most recent Akamai report.
Written by Asha Barbaschow, Contributor

Australia has placed first in the global ranking of average peak mobile connection speeds, according to the latest Akamai State of the Internet report (PDF).

Australia's average peak mobile connection speed in the first quarter of 2015 was 149.3Mbps, with second-placing Japan attaining 126Mbps, while 13 other countries -- versus only four in the previous quarter -- also recorded average peak speeds above 50Mbps via mobile connectivity.

Akamai attributes Australia's ranking in part to high-speed mobile technologies such as LTE-A, which provide users with faster cellular data connections.

Last quarter, Australia reached 42nd position globally in terms of average broadband connection speed, and with its average connection speed recorded at 7.6Mbps, it has retained its worldwide ranking. New Zealand, on the other hand, saw an increase of 50 percent year on year in terms of average connection speeds, recording speeds of 8.4Mbps to move the country into 40th position, trumping Australia by two places.

Although average broadband connection speeds see the nation ranked at 42nd place, Australia's broadband connectivity ranking -- with connections above 4Mbps -- dropped six positions, down to 50th. The nation's average peak connection speeds were recorded at 40.8Mbps, and although this was a 10 percent increase from the same quarter in 2014, globally, the country dropped two places, down to 47th position.

In terms of high broadband connectivity -- speeds above 10Mbps -- Australia was globally positioned in 44th place, a drop of three spots from the previous quarter. While it was a drop in ranking, the percentage of connectivity recorded above 10Mbps was 17 percent, which is still an increase of 8.8 percent from Q1 2014.

Globally, average broadband connection speeds increased by 10 percent, to 5Mbps, with South Korea positioned in the number one spot after recording speeds of 23.6Mbps. Although Australia had the highest average peak mobile connectivity, the United Kingdom had the fastest average mobile connection speed, at 20.4Mbps.

Additionally, a 1.2 percent quarterly increase in unique IPv4 addresses was recorded worldwide, with more than 812 million in use.

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