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Internet speeds, broadband adoption in Singapore on the rise: Akamai

The Republic's average Internet connection speed was at 8.4 Mbps during the first quarter of 2014, while a spike of 8.5 per cent for broadband adoption was also seen, according to the Internet technology company.

SINGAPORE: The average Internet connection speed for Singapore during the first quarter of 2014 hit 8.4 megabits per second (Mbps), representing a 6.1 per cent jump month-on-month, according to the latest figures by Akamai Technologies.

According to its State of the Internet report for the first quarter of 2014, which was released on Friday (June 27), Singapore was ranked fifth in the Asia-Pacific region based on its 8.4 Mbps average connection speed. It is behind South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong,and Taiwan, which were ranked first to fourth in that order, it added.

South Korea boasts the highest average connection speed, both in the region and globally, with 23.6 Mbps. But in terms of rate of growth, Indonesia and Malaysia showed the biggest month-on-month jumps in Asia-Pacific with 46 per cent and 16 per cent, respectively, it stated.



Globally, the average connection speed climbed 1.8 per cent from the previous quarter to 3.9 Mbps, and this figure is expected to cross the 4 Mbps threshold next quarter, Akamai said.

The State of the Internet report is a quarterly report published by Akamai, based on data gathered from across the its network ranging from broadband adoption and mobile connectivity to attack traffic, the company stated.

BROADBAND ADOPTION GROWING

Singapore also saw an increase in broadband adoption rates, specifically those with connectivity of more than 4 Mbps in Asia-Pacific. About 73 per cent of broadband connections from Singapore were more than 4 Mbps in the first quarter, an increase of 8.5 per cent from the previous quarter.

South Korea (94 per cent), Japan (86 per cent) and Hong Kong (84 per cent) were the top three in the list respectively, and Singapore was ranked fourth, the report stated.

Indonesia again showed the highest rate of growth in this category, experiencing a 262 per cent spike in broadband adoption, while Vietnam was the next highest at 39 per cent.

Globally, the broadband adoption rates grew a nominal 1.7 per cent from the fourth quarter of 2013 to reach 56 per cent in the first quarter of 2014, Akamai stated.

Mr David Belson, author of the report, stated: "Steady year-over-year growth suggests that a strong, global foundation is being built for the enjoyment of next generation content and services like 4K video and increasingly connected homes and offices."

He added that connectivity will continue to evolve to support the growing demands these emerging technologies will place on the Internet.

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