Each quarter, Akamai publishes a quarterly “State of the Internet” report. This report includes data gathered across Akamai’s global server network about attack traffic, average & maximum connection speeds, Internet penetration and broadband adoption, and mobile usage, as well as trends seen in this data over time.
Akamai once again examined the average measured connection speed of cities around the world. As with last quarter’s report, ‘city size’ (at least 50,000 unique IP addresses connecting to Akamai) and ‘academic network’ filters were applied to the data to ensure the most accurate representation. Once again, Masan, South Korea held the title as the city with the fastest average connection speed. Masan’s average speed increased by more than 5 Mbps quarter-over-quarter, making it the only city in the world with an average connection speed higher than 20 Mbps. Reviewing the top 100 fastest cities around the world in the second quarter of 2010 reveals the following:
* Asia continues to dominate the list, with 62 of the top cities in Japan and 12 more in South Korea
* Hong Kong ranked #2 on global average connection speed
* Only eight U.S. cities made the list, with Monterey Park, CA remaining as the fastest U.S. city (#76 out of 100), ahead of Riverside, CA; Union, NJ; and Oakland, CA
* Umea, Sweden ranked as the fastest city in Europe (#20 out of 100)