In the fourth quarter of 2012, the global average Internet connection speed rose 5% quarter-on-quarter to 2.9 Mbps, according to Akamai Technologies. The cloud platform provider said year-over-year, average connection speeds grew by 25%.
Akamai also noted that the fourth quarter of 2012 "saw average connection speeds on surveyed mobile network operators range from a high of just over 8 Mbps to a low of 345 kbps. Eight providers demonstrated average connection speeds in the "broadband" (>4 Mbps) range. Sixty-four more providers delivered average connection speeds greater than 1 Mbps." source: Akamai statement