A report out today from cloud services provider Akamai shows that global average internet speeds have hit a new high, rising 29 percent year-over-year to 3.6 Mbps.

Akamai's content delivery network (CDN) consists of servers close to users around the world, putting the company in a strong position to observe network and user behavior.

The State of the Internet 40-page report reveals that 122 countries/regions have seen an increase in their average connection speeds year-over-year, ranging from 0.5 percent in Namibia (to 1.1 Mbps) to a 76 percent increase in Nepal (to 3.6 Mbps). The UK ranks 14th with an average connection speed of 9.1Mpbs (up 45 percent year-on-year). 

Each of the top 10 countries/regions (see table below) experienced double-digit percentage growth year-over-year and eight saw double-digit percentage growth quarter-over-quarter: 

Just 18 countries saw their average connection speeds decrease quarter-over-quarter, with losses ranging from 0.4 percent in Bahrain (to 2.2 Mbps) to a drop of 19 percent in El Salvador (to 1.9 Mbps).

“In the third quarter of 2013, we observed that long-term growth in average and average peak connection speeds remained strong, as did growth in global broadband and high broadband adoption rates,” David Belson, the report’s editor. “We believe these trends point to continued improvement in the quality and performance of Internet connectivity in countries around the world.”

Global broadband adoption, which Akamai rates as speeds of 4Mbps and up, increased 5.8 percent last quarter to reach 53 percent penetration. Global high broadband, rated as 10 Mbps and up, reached 19 percent penetration after a 19 percent increase over the previous quarter.

Meanwhile,  the volume of mobile data traffic jumped by 80 percent year-over-year, and grew 10 percent quarter-over-quarter, according to data provided by Ericsson, which operates in 180 countries and a customer base spanning over networks.

The report also details where Akamai is seeing malicious traffic on its network. For several quarters, Indonesia had been the leading source country for such traffic, but in the third quarter China, the traditional leader, reclaimed the lead. 

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