Akamai has released its first quarter ‘2010 State of the Internet’ report, which shows New Zealand ranks as the 42nd fastest country in the world for connection speeds. There's not much in it but Australia is ranked 50th.
The information is gathered from a global server network and provides a look at key internet statistics such as broadband adoption, mobile connectivity and attack traffic.
After applying ‘city size’ (at least 50,000 unique IP addresses connecting to Akamai) and ‘academic network’ filters to its findings, last quarter’s top three cities (Berkeley, California; Chapel Hill, North Carolina; and Stanford, California) disappeared from the top 100 list. The prior quarter’s fourth-place city, Masan, South Korea, moved into the top spot.
Asia dominated the top 100 fastest cities around the world in the first quarter of 2010 while only 12 US cities made the list (more than half were in California). Umea, Sweden is the fastest city in Europe, ranking 18th.
Average speed increases among the top 10 countries were minor, with Hong Kong and Denmark remaining flat, and Japan, the Netherlands, and Switzerland improving from last quarter by 3.5% or less.
The report says that year-over-year trends are positive, with seven of the top 10 countries having higher average connection speeds than a year ago.
If you’re interested in reading the full report, you can download it here.