Romania loses first place in Europe for peak internet speed to Sweden

Sweden overtook prior leader Romania as the European country with the highest average peak internet connection speed, in the first quarter of 2017, according to the latest “State of the Internet” connectivity report by American group Akamai.

The average peak connection speed in Romania was 95 Mbps in the first quarter of this year, up 15% over the same period of 2016. Romania thus ranked second in Europe and 12th in the world based on this indicator. In Sweden, the average peak speed reached 95.3 Mbps, up 20% year-on-year.

Romania was also 7 in Europe and 13 in the world for the average internet connection speed with 17 Mbps, up 5.7% over the first quarter of 2016. The Nordic states, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Denmark, as well as Switzerland and the Netherlands ranked better than Romania. Norway is second in the world for the average internet connection speed, with 23.5 Mbps.

Romania was also in the top 10 worldwide for the average mobile internet connection speed, with 15.9 Mbps in the first quarter. The United Kingdom is first based on this indicator, with an average speed of 26 Mbps.

The global average connection speed increased 2.3% quarter-over-quarter to 7.2 Mbps, a 15% increase compared with one year prior. At a country level, South Korea continued to have the highest average connection speed in the world at 28.6 Mbps and Singapore maintained its position as the country with the highest average peak connection speed at 184.5 Mbps.

The full report is available here.

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