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With a peak connection speed of 135.4 Mbps, Singapore has the world’s fastest average peak Internet speed, according to a report by Akamai Technologies.

The city-state’s peak Internet speed has increased by 25 per cent from Q2, says the Third Quarter 2015 State of the Internet Report published by the company on Tuesday.

Average peak Internet speed is defined as the peak speeds that users can expect from their Internet connections.

All the top 5 countries providing peak Internet speeds are in Asia. They are Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan and Taiwan, in that order.  Thailand stands at number 18.

Globally, the average peak Internet speed is 32.2 Mbps.

“Looking at year-over-year numbers, average peak connection speeds increased 30 per cent year over year on a global basis. All of the top 10 countries/regions saw increases in average peak connection speeds, as Qatar and Singapore again led the pack with increases of 80 per cent and 63 per cent, respectively, while South Korea and Israel had the smallest gains of 17 per cent and 13 per cent, respectively,” the report said.

South Korea, with 20.5 Mbps, claims the top spot for average connection speed.

“Despite noticeable decreases in broadband adoption levels in the third quarter, South Korea unsurprisingly led the world again across the 10 Mbps, 15 Mbps, and 25 Mbps tiers, with adoption rates of 68 per cent, 45 per cent, and 24 per cent, respectively,” the report said.

Singapore ranked 17 with an average connection speed is 12.5 Mbps, which is a 2.4 per cent increase year-on-year. The global average is 5.1 Mbps.

The Asian country with the lowest average connection speed was India at 2.5 Mbps.

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One interesting statistical point is that 51 per cent of the Singapore population has adopted Internet speeds of 10 Mbps or faster, making it the tenth such country in the world. However, for slower broadband options – 4Mbps — the country stands at the 31st position, with an 87 per cent adoption rate.

Starting from Q2 2015, Akamai refrained from including cloud computing companies in the measurements. The justification for dropping the industry was that those companies typically have such fast Internet that it skews the data, so it does not accurately reflect end-user experience.

Akamai is a content delivery network service based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Content delivery network services are systems of proxy servers that work to improve content speed and performance for end-users.

The full report can be downloaded here.