U.S. Is 16th For Web Speed (Behind Latvia), But #3 For Botnets!

Some Eastern European countries enjoy a higher average internet speed than the U.S., according to the new “State of the Internet” report by Akamai. South Korea has the fastest average speed — 12 Mbps — followed by Hong Kong, Japan, Romania, and then Latvia! The U.S. is in 16th place, with an average speed of 4.7 Mbps, though one technology site suggests it’s “the result of the U.S. having so many rural and remote areas compared to South Korea.”

Akamai’s full report is behind a register wall, but it also identified the top countries for “attack traffic” — Russia, the U.S., and China — but “given the population of the three countries, it’s likely they simply house more computers which have been hijacked for botnets.” Still, you can probably blame U.S.-based Microsoft for a lot of the problems. The top compromised port? 445 — the main port for carrying data through Windows’ built-in filesharing.”

6 Comments on "U.S. Is 16th For Web Speed (Behind Latvia), But #3 For Botnets!"

  1. It doesn't take much to cover a small, densely-populated country like South Korea in broadband. I wonder what the average data transfer rate would be if you, say, only measured the east and west coasts of the US.

    • A Bad Joke | Jul 31, 2010 at 4:27 pm |

      I think its all the starcrafting they do.

    • Connie Dobbs | Aug 2, 2010 at 10:19 am |

      I like the way you're implying that the middle of the country doesn't matter. Or am I inferring? Who cares, I live in New York. Woo Hoo!!!! 30 mbps!

  2. A second reason we lag behind is that, after the initial construction phase which was federally funded and research driven, the commercial sector took over with occasional gift cash from government…since then we've lagged behind because it isn't profitable to upgrade regularly…its profitable to soak as much cash as possible out of as many people as you can before being forced to offer better service (with more cash incentives from government to ease the pain of maintenance).

    Altho it is nice to see Windows indicted for being the virus riddled POS that it is. “User friendly”…just like a Detroit hooker on Saturday nite…but she's probably cleaner and safer.

  3. Hadrian999 | Aug 1, 2010 at 2:26 am |

    of course were behind latvia, obama can't hold a candle to Dr. Doom

  4. DeepCough | Aug 1, 2010 at 3:03 pm |

    You would think the porn industry would help fund faster internet connections in addition to influencing the
    latest mainstream home-video format.

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