Brno offers Europe's fastest broadband
The Czech city of Brno enjoys the fastest average connection speed in Europe, but is still in the bottom-half of the top 100 cities globally, statistics from Akamai show.
Brno ranked 55th in Akamai’s measurement of connection rates for the second quarter, leaving it the highest placed of nine European cities in the top 100. The Czech city enjoyed average data rates of 8.3 Mbps during the quarter, with Geneva second on 8.2 Mbps and Latvian capital Riga third on 8.1 Mbps.
Countries including Switzerland, Ireland, Spain, Italy and Turkey all enjoyed 100% year-on-year growth in the number of high-speed connections to Akamai’s network during the quarter. The cloud platform operator, which claims to handle 30% of the world’s web traffic, counts data rates of 5 Mbps and over as ‘high speed’.
While those countries enjoyed the highest annual growth, the Netherlands remains Akamai’s top European country, with 68% of connections reaching the 5 Mbps minimum – an increase of 22% year-on-year.
Mobile data traffic doubled year-on-year and rose 8% sequentially during 2Q, with average connection speeds ranging from a low of 209 kbps to 5 Mbps. The highest mobile data rate of 23.4 Mbps was found in Austria.
Globally, the number of unique IP addresses connecting to Akamai’s Web platform grew 21% year-on-year to 604 million in the second quarter. The number is up from 587 million in 1Q11.