In the first quarter of this year, the nation’s average Internet connection speed was 14.8 megabits per second (Mbps), making it the 21st-fastest in the world and the fifth-fastest in the Asia-Pacific region, according to a quarterly report on global Internet speeds.
South Korea continues to be the global leader with the highest average connection speed of 29.0Mbps, followed by Norway (21.3Mbps), Sweden (20.6Mbps), Hong Kong (19.9Mbps) and Switzerland (18.7Mbps), according to content delivery network Akamai’s State of the Internet report.
The sixth to 10th-fastest nations were Latvia, Japan, the Czech Republic, Finland and the Netherlands.
Taiwan’s average connection speed of 14.8Mbps was a 15 percent increase from 12.9Mbps in the fourth quarter of last year and a 46 percent leap year-on-year, the report said.
In terms of average peak connection speeds, Taiwan ranked eighth in the world with 83.1Mbps.
The fastest five nations were Singapore (146.9Mbps), Hong Kong (110.3Mbps), Indonesia (110.2Mbps), South Korea (103.6Mbps) and Qatar (89.2Mbps).
The sixth to 10th-fastest were Macau, Japan, Taiwan, Romania and Mongolia, the report said.
Taiwan’s peak connection speed of 83.1Mbps is a 5.4 percent rise from 78.8Mbps in the fourth quarter last year and a 20 percent increase year-on-year, the report said.
Global average connection speeds rose 23 percent year-on-year to 6.3Mbps in the first quarter, while 8.5 percent of users now have broadband speeds of at least 25.0Mbps, the closest the percentage has ever been to double digits.
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