In our January Bandwidth Report we looked at broadband penetration worldwide and for US states. This month we take a look at the effect of surfing the web using a mobile device. Using a mobile device to surf the same websites has an average page load time penalty of 50%, according to a recent survey.
The District of Columbia had the fastest connection speeds among the United States, according to a recent survey. The US came in 17th worldwide in broadband penetration. The average US household, however, enjoys less than half the broadband speed of the average South Korean household.
Mexico led the world in broadband growth in the last quarter of 2012. Overall, Switzerland topped all countries in broadband penetration. The US remained stuck in 15th place in broadband penetration, according to a recent survey. DSL dominates the countries with high broadband penetration, while the US relies more on cable modems for most of their broadband subscribers.
The US passed Japan in wireless broadband penetration for the first time in Q4 2012. Among the G7 countries, the US had 89.8% wireless broadband penetration, Japan came in second at 85.4%, the UK at 71.8%, Italy at 52.2%, and France at 50.8%. The OECD average was 62.7% wireless penetration.
Traffic from wireless and mobile devices will exceed wired devices by 2017, according to Cisco Systems, Inc. (see Figure 1). While desktop PC usage will grow by only 14% annually, mobile devices will grow at a much faster rate.
As part of the National Broadband Plan the FCC was tasked with providing more transparency in broadband information for consumers. In Part II of our Measuring Broadband America summary, the FCC tested web site performance measures versus broadband provider. They found that latency varies with broadband type (DSL, Cable, and Fiber), and that average web page download times changed little above 10-12 Mbps. Part I of this report showed the broadband performance of 13 different ISPs at different bandwidths.
As part of the National Broadband Plan the FCC was tasked with providing more transparency in broadband information for consumers. Their latest Measuring Broadband America report tests large ISP claims of advertised speeds versus actual speeds, latency, and web page download times. This article summarizes the report and gives major findings related to web performance including:
The United States jumped from 24th place to 7th place in wireless broadband penetration worldwide, according to a recent survey. Korea, Sweden and Finland top all countries in wireless broadband subscribers.
Polish broadband grew faster than any other country in a recent survey. The US remained in 15th place in broadband penetration worldwide, with a growth rate of 1.1% over the last half of 2011.
The 2012 London Olympics could place a major strain on the existing broadband infrastructure, says the Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA). James Blessing, ISPA’s treasurer, said of the London Olympics “There is the potential for a massive hit on the infrastructure.” Sports fans clamoring for their favorite feed will have 24 high definition streams to choose from, says the BBC. To ease the strain, Virgin Media has won the contract to provide free Wi-Fi to subway commuters during the Olympics.