Asian cities lead for high speed broadband

Report shows that cities in Asia dominate top 100 fastest cities for internet speed globally

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High speed broadband is a crucial enabler of dynamic new businesses and is a priority for city authorities who are serious about developing industries that will drive growth in the coming decades.

Moreover, high speed broadband is also essential to deliver the convenient, accessible and reliable services that citizens and companies increasingly expect in a globally competitive environment.

A second quarter 2011 State of the Internet report by cloud optimization service provider Akamai shows that cities in Asia currently dominate the list of the top 100 fastest cities for internet speed globally.

The report, based on over 604 million unique internet protocol addresses from 238 countries and regions, is led by Japan, which has 59 cities in the top 100; South Korea has 10 cities in the list while Hong Kong is also featured.

Brno in the Czech Republic is the fastest city in Europe while San Jose in California is the fastest of 18 US cities on the list.

In terms of connection speeds, South Korea has the highest average connection speed in the Asia-Pacific region, followed by Hong Kong and Japan. Most countries reported solid quarterly growth except Taiwan, which grew just 0.2%. South Korea reported speeds of 13.8 Mbps, a 17% decline year-on-year and a 4% drop over the first quarter of 2011.

By comparison, Singapore, ranked 29th globally, posted speeds of 4.5 Mbps, a 47% increase year-on-year and a 8.5% leap over the first quarter.

The report also highlighted the potential threat to cities from cyber-attack. Asian cities generated the most attack traffic with Taiwan accounting for 10% of attacks.

Myanmar, which had the top number of attacks in Akamai's first quarter report, fell to second place, with 9.1% of all attacks. Asia Pacific/Oceania generated 47% of attack traffic, Europe 30%, the Americas 20% and Africa just 3%.