Akamai has published its "State of the Internet" report based on data for the first quarter of 2012 (available for download here). Not surprisingly, South Korea still has the fastest broadband internet in the world, by quite a margin over second ranked Japan and many other nations. Those of you who choose to delve into the data will see that no other country seems poised to catch Korea anytime soon.
This quarterly report contains a few changes, one of which is that Akamai has changed its definition of "high broadband" from connections of 5 Mbps or higher to connections of 10 Mbps or higher, in keeping with global trends toward higher and higher speeds. According to the new measure, South Korea had the highest level of "high broadband" adoption at 53%. Another change in the report is that Akamai is no longer reporting city-level data. However, in addition to its wealth of data on internet speed, the quarterly Akamai report continues to offer useful data on such topics as security (attack traffic), adoption of IPV6 and mobile connectivity. See one of my earlier posts for an idea of what you can do with the online data visualization capability provided by Akamai.