Sri Lanka was recently ranked 47 among top 50 broadband countries in the world ahead of Malaysia closely followed by Thailand in average Internet speeds for Q2 of the year 2015 for the 2015 State of the Internet (Soti) report for the second quarter.
Released by Akamai Technologies Inc, which is a content delivery network services firm, the report lists Malaysia in 70th place worldwide with an average Internet speed of 5.0 megabits per second (Mbps).
Even though it registered a 17 per cent year-on-year improvement to broadband speed, Sri Lanka was 5 ranks ahead of Malaysia setting down a 50 per cent year-on-year improvement to bring about its average internet speed to 5.3 Mbps.
Not to be outdone, Thailand ranked 42nd overall with an average connection speed of 8.6Mbps.
As per the report, the top three countries on the global ranking making their presence felt, are all from Asia, with South Korea crowning the list with an average connectivity speed of 23.1 Mbps. Coming in second place was Hong Kong with an average speed of 17.0 Mbps, and in third place was Japan with an average of 16.4 Mbps.
On another note, Singapore, ranked 14th with an average speed of 12.7 Mbps, recorded the highest global peak connection speed at 108.3 Mbps.
In addition, the global rank for peak connection speeds was also ruled by Asian countries, namely Hong Kong behind Singapore with a peak connection speed of 94.8 Mbps, South Korea (83.3 Mbps), Japan (75.1 Mbps) and Taiwan (74.5 Mbps).
Malaysia’s peak connection speed topped out at 36.5 Mbps, placing it 57th globally and behind Thailand which ranked 20th with peak speeds of 51.5 Mbps.
Whereas Malaysia’s broadband adoption settles in at 72nd place internationally with 55 per cent of its population with access to speeds of above 4 Mbps, Sri Lanka has provided access to connection speeds above 4 Mbps to 77 per cent of its population. Now that is indeed something to be proud of.
The top 5 countries that have successfully provided connections speeds of above 4 Mbps to at least 90 per cent of their population were South Korea (96 per cent), Thailand (95 per cent), Hong Kong (93 per cent), Taiwan (90 per cent) and lastly Japan (90 per cent).
Switch over to Malaysia’s point of view and we can see that the percentage of Malaysians with access to speeds above 10Mbps is around 4.5%.
According to the report, South Korea was once again in the lead with 75% of its population having access to the web at speeds above 10 Mbps. Now that’s really really fast internet. They were followed by Hong Kong, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Japan, Romania, Bulgaria, Sweden, Belgium and Singapore, which was the only Southeast Asian country to make the top 10.