Published: June 1st, 2017

The world continues to become more connected and see better connections in 2017, but both Canada and the U.S. are still lagging behind in mobile connection speeds through the first quarter of 2017 according to Akamai’s State of the Internet Report.

The volume of mobile data traffic grew by roughly 12 per cent over the previous quarter. Average mobile connection speeds ranged from a high of 26.0 Mbps in the United Kingdom down to a low of 2.8 Mbps in Venezuela. The United States and Canada reported 10.7 Mbps and 10.3 Mbps average mobile connection speeds respectively, remarkably lower than their European and Asian counterparts.

The global average peak connection speed has increased by 28 per cent year over year in the first quarter of 2017 to 44.6 Mbps. Likewise, the global broadband adoption rates of 4, 10, 15, and 25 Mbps increased by 13 per cent, 29 per cent, 33 per cent, and 42 per cent year over year respectively.

South Korea continued have the highest average connection speed in the world with 28.6 Mbps. The top 10 list is mostly represented by Scandinavian and Asian countries, with the U.S. rounding out the top 10 with 18.7 Mbps to be the only country that doesn’t fall into either geography. The global average connection speed increased by 2.3 per cent quarter over quarter to 7.2 Mbps.

When it comes to the highest average peak connect speed, Singapore retained its spot at the top with 184.5 Mbps. The global average peak connection speed is 44.6 Mbps. The United States and Canada both reported peak speeds of 86.5 Mbps and 78.7 Mbps respectively.

The Akamai State of the Internet Report is released each quarter. It covers internet connection speeds and broadband adoption metrics across both fixed and mobile networks. It also tracks the trends seen in the reported data over time. For the full report, you can read more here.