The statistic shows the countries with the highest average internet connection speed during the first quarter of 2016, measured in Megabits per second. During that quarter, IPv4 internet connections in the Netherlands averaged a connection speed of 17.9 Mbps. The global average connection speed was 6.3 Mbps.
Average connection speeds are higher in developed Asian countries; South Korea leads with an average connection speed of 29 Mbps more than 10 Mbps higher than Japan. This is a growth of more than 24 percent to the first quarter of the previous year.
The U.S. states with the highest average internet connection speed include Delaware, District of Columbia and Utah, with first-ranking D.C. having an average connection speed of some 24 Mbps.
That same year, 68 percent of internet users in South Korea enjoyed a connection speed of over 10 Mbps, which is classed as high broadband connectivity. Next in the 10 Mbps broadband adoption rate ranking are Switzerland and the Netherlands with 61 and 60 percent of high broadband connectivity. Both the Netherlands and Switzerland's relatively small size combined with their wealth are a significant factor in terms of telecommunications infrastructure upgrades.
Up until the beginning of 2014, average connection speeds worldwide were under 4 Mbps and by the third quarter of 2015, global connection speed averaged at 5.1 Mbps.