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Summary:

Despite a global economic downturn, the demand for broadband is growing globally, especially in Asia. It is hardly a surprise that Asian countries that favor fiber-based connections like South Korea and Japan now account for 59 of the top 100 fastest cities in the world.

Asia, thanks to the growing number of fiber-based broadband connections in countries like China, Japan and South Korea accounts for 59 of the top 100 fastest cities in the world, according to data released by Akamai Technologies , a Cambridge, Mass.-based content delivery network provider. Akamai examines the average measured connection speeds to determine which cities it deems the fastest.

Akamai, in the fourth quarter of last year first measured the city speeds but came up with a list that was heavily skewed in favor of academic cities, mostly because university networks are uber-fast. This time around, Akamai has applied an “Academic Network” filter in addition to its metric of “a minimum of 50,000 unique IP addresses that connect to Akamai network.” As a result, the three top-ranked cities from the fourth quarter – Berkeley, Calif., Chapel Hill, N.C., and Stanford, Calif. – are now out of the top 100 list.  After discounting college towns, Masan, South Korea is the fastest city in the world, according to the data collected by Akamai. Here are some relevant stats about the top 100 fastest Internet cities.

* Asia dominates the top 100 list with 59 cities.

* Japan accounts for 30 cities in the list.

* The U.S. has 12 cities in the list, with seven located in California.

* Umeå, Sweden is the fastest city in Europe, and is ranked No. 18 out of 100.

Akamai is likely to release its first quarter 2010 State of the Internet report tomorrow and the report is going to feature a new metric: global average maximum connection speeds. This is a metric that measures the end-user connections. According to this metric:

* South Korea has a average maximum connection speed of 33 Mbps.

* South Korea, Hong Kong and Japan are the top three countries by speed in the list.

* US was eight amongst the top ten countries – with average maximum speed of 16 Mbps.

* European countries make up six of the top ten fastest countries, with each country averaging a maximum speed of 15 Mbps. These include Romania (#4), Sweden (#5), Latvia (#6), Belgium (#7), Portugal (#9) and Bulgaria (#10.)

On the mobile end of things, Akamai measured wireless carriers and their average maximum speeds.

* Eighty-three of the 109 total mobile providers have an average maximum connection speed of over 2 Mbps.

* Thirty-three networks had maximum measured speeds higher than 5 Mbps.

* Six networks had maximum speeds of greater than 10 Mbps.

Here are some other interesting Internet facts from the forthcoming report:

* There are over 487 million unique IP addresses that connect to Akamai network from 233 countries and regions.

* The number of IP addresses grew 7.2 percent in the first quarter of 2010 when compared to the fourth quarter of 2009. The year-over-year growth in IP addresses is about 30 percent.

* The U.S. and China account for about 40 percent of the total IP addresses.

In the U.S., the overall average connection speed was 4.7 Mbps, with 22 states exceeding that average. Delaware is still the fastest state in the Union, while Alaska is the slowest.

 

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  1. Damn, not 1 Indian city in this list. I so so hope that none of the IP’s in India are connected to the akamai network and hence they are not showing up in these charts :D

    1. @Kiran u can hope but reality is that Akamai has a node in Mumbai, and most of the popular content, matrimony and job websites use Akamai to serve content to millions of Indian Internet Users.

      We have a lot of catching up to do in Infrastructure hope next time around we see an Indian City considering India has the fastest growing net userbase in the world

  2. gregorylent Monday, July 26, 2010

    definitely not shanghai

  3. Sanjay Maharaj Monday, July 26, 2010

    Interesting to see not a sinlg city in India on the list. Just proves that infrastructure developmnent in India not a priority but just talk and no action by the Indian government?

  4. Brian S Hall Monday, July 26, 2010

    Good info, thanks. Glad that Akamai is using these filters to get a better assessment of cities around the world.

  5. Sanjay, Kiran,

    While the current situation is certainly sad it is by no means impossible to get out of this rut. India is in the midst of rapidly declining bandwidth prices. Price discrimination rampant in the bandwidth marketplace in India hides this fact for a while.

    -Tarun

    Co-founder E2E Networks Private Limited
    http://e2enetworks.com/
    Bringing hosting back to India one server at a time

  6. I appreciate the statistics, but the title is a little bit “forced”. I mean Asia is a huge geographical area, and if you would have a proportion between high developed (from communication, Internet and so on point of view) areas and the poor ones, than this ratio will surprise anyone. I had to deal with location in Asia when 1Mbps was considered a huge challenge.
    I hope you understand my point. It’s like in a football team. If you have 3 players which are the best in the world, that doesn’t make the team itself one of the top.

  7. courtney benson Tuesday, July 27, 2010

    I agree that India should gets it’s act together but so should the United States. Whatever happened to being #1

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  10. Artruro Jayson Saturday, July 31, 2010

    Not a mention of India? America has broadband through Washington DC – Virginia and Panama – Columbia alone that defies literal description yet Akamai could never touch that in an analysis. No mention of Russia – Ukraine? How much can the global expertise of Akamai be taken seriously? Everyone needs to get their act together if you put it like that, and that always means the strong get stronger.

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