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U.S. internet isn't as fast as you'd probably expect

U.S. mobile speeds lag behind those found in other established countries, according to a new report from internet network Akamai.The uplifting news, in any case, is that U.S. broadband web speeds keep on improving, up 22 percent contrasted with a similar time a year ago. 


That development puts the nation into the main 10 speediest normal velocities at 18.7 megabits for each second. Akamai published the findings in its "State of the internet" report for the first quarter of 2017.

Americans enjoyed an average of 10.7 megabits per second (Mbps). That's not terrible, necessarily, but is far slower than countries like the United Kingdom (a blazing 26 Mbps) and Germany (24.1 Mbps). Of the 74 nations in the review, the U.S. came in 32nd, simply behind Estonia however in front of Luxembourg. On the upside, the U.S. came in first in North and South America. 

The chart below shows where the U.S. stacks up against other big countries.


The data from Akamai shows the average megabits per second of mobile networks measured in each country in the first quarter of 2017.

The U.S. is above the global average of 7.2 Mbps. The entire globe is getting faster, as that average is 15 percent faster than it was last year.

Africa remains the slowest continent when it comes to mobile speed, though mobile phone adoption has been strong.(Digital)



Beyond mobile, the U.S. has strides in bringing faster internet to more Americans.

The U.S. is now for the first time in Akamai's top 10 in terms of broadband speed. Its growth over the past year was only bested by Singapore.



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