Akamai has released its Q1 2012 State of the Internet (SOTI) report, which is a collection of data gathered by Akamai that offers a window into various Internet statistics on a global scale. One conclusion in the report is that Asia is the leader in global average connection speeds. Though certain countries and areas may still lag behind in broadband Internet connectivity, the overall results paint a flattering picture of increasing accessibility in the region.
One thing that caught my attention when reading the SOTI is how many Asian countries have a large proportion of users with high-speed Internet connections, dubbed as “high broadband” in the report. (The standards for high broadband has been upped to 10Mbps starting with this report, up from the previous 5Mbps baseline that was used in previous years.) Singapore, Taiwan, and New Zealand chalked up impressive growth, exceeding 50% on the high broadband front. In Singapore, this could probably be attributed to the continuing rollout and user signups of the city’s FTTH initiative. The range of high broadband adoption rates was extremely wide in the Asia Pacific region. For example, South Korea had the highest level of high broadband adoption at 53%, while China has an adoption of just 0.1%.
As an approximate gauge, you can look at Figure A for Asian countries ranked by their peak Internet speed. The top four countries in the chart are Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, and Singapore, which also happen to be in the top 10 ranking of the fastest countries on a global basis.