south korea is number 1.
Broadband Internet speeds in the United States are only about one-fourth as fast as those in South Korea, the world leader, according to the Internet monitoring firm Akamai.
*.In South Korea, the average measured connection speed was 13.7 Mbps, up 11 percent compared to fourth quarter 2009.
*.Asia continued to dominate the top 100 fastest cities list in the fourth quarter of 2010, accounting for almost nine-tenths of the list: 60 cities in Japan, 16 cities in SouthKorea, and Hong Kong. Europe accounted for a dozen cities across eight countries. Of the remaining 11 cities, three were in Canada and eight in the United States.
*.South Korean cities Taegu and Taejon are the top two fastest cities, with average connection speeds of 18.4 and 17.2 Mbps, respectively.
*.South Korea and Japan, thanks to fiber broadband penetration, dominated the fastest 100 cities list.
*.Worldwide, 29 cities had average connection speeds in excess of 10 Mbps. Of these, 15 were in South Korea and 14 were in Japan.
*.The fastest city in Europe was Constanta, Romania, at 8.2 Mbps.
*.At 7.8 Mbps, Victoria, British Columbia was the city with the highest average connection speed in North America.
*.The global average peak connection speedgrew to 8.8 Mbps, up over 30 percent year-over-year. Using the average peak metric â€” average of the maximum measured connection speeds across all of the unique IP addresses â€” Hong Kong is the fastest city, with an average of 37.9 Mbps.
*.On a year-over-year basis, global high broadband adoption grew 2.6 percent, ending the year at 23 percent. Anything higher than 5 Mbps is classified by Akamai as â€œhighâ€ broadband
*.In Japan, 58 percent of broadband connections are faster than 5 Mbps, while 36 percent of U.S. connections are faster than 5 Mbps.