Global Internet speeds hit temporary slump in 2012, finds survey

Johannesburg, Jan 24: Internet connection speeds around the world had a temporary decrease of seven percent in late 2012 to 2.8 Mbps, according to a 2013 survey.

However, connection speeds were back to normal, with an increase of 11 percent over the year, according to a report given by Akamai Technologies, a web services provider, News24 reports.

The report said that globally, usage of high broadband (speeds above 10 Mbps) increased by 8.8 percent in the third quarter of 2012, and overall global broadband usage, grew by 4.8 percent in 2012.

South Korea continued to have the highest average connection speed at 14.7 Mbps, followed by Japan (10.7 Mbps) and Hong Kong (8.9 Mbps).

According to the survey, Brazil experienced the greatest year-over-year speed growth of 39 percent within the group of top 10 countries, for the second quarter in a row. China showed the largest quarter-over-quarter increase of 5.7 percent. (ANI)