Gigaom

When it comes to the Internet, the need for speed has never been higher, thanks to a growing global reliance on connected platforms, services and devices. That need is aptly reflected in the data collected by Akamai for the latest edition of its State of the Internet Report, which is expected to be released later this week.

You can see an across-the-board jump in average peak connection speeds and average connection speeds. Even countries that have been broadband laggards — such as India — are starting to pick up their pace.

For the first three months of 2012, Akamai observed the following trends:

  • 6.0 percent increase globally from the fourth quarter of 2011 in the number of unique IP addresses connecting to Akamai, growing to over 666 million.
  • The global average connection speed was 2.6 Mbps
  • The global average peak connection speed increased to 13.5 Mbps.
  • South Korea had the…

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