International firm agrees that Internet speeds here are improving

Akamai Technologies, Inc. graphic
Graphic shows peak connection speeds and quarterly and yearly changes in selected countries.

An international company that measures Internet speeds reports that Costa Rica is improving.

The average Internet connection speed has tripled over the past three years, and peak internet speeds have doubled over the past two years, said Craig Adams, the local site leader here. The firm is Akamai Technologies, which opened a new operations center here in October.

Over the last three years, the average connection speed in Costa Rica, as measured by Akamai, has tripled, growing from 0.7 Mbps in the third quarter of 2009 to 2.1 Mbps in the third quarter of 2012, placing it just above the 2 Mbps target minimum download speed, the firm said. Additionally, 42 percent of connections to Akamai from Costa Rica were at speeds of 2 Mbps or above during the third quarter, it added.

The average connection speed represents an average of all of the measured connection speeds from all of the unique Internet provider or IP addresses observed in a given geography, the firm said.

The average peak connection speed represents an average of the maximum measured connection speeds across all of the unique IP addresses observed from a given geography, and is more representative of Internet connection capacity, the firm said. Over the last three years, the average peak connection speed in Costa Rica, as measured by Akamai, has grown by over 3.5 times, from 3.3 Mbps in the third quarter of 2009 to 11.7 Mbps in the third quarter of 2012, it said.

Mbps means megabits per second, a measurement of data transfer. It is a traditional measurement of Internet speed.

Among selected regional neighbors, Costa Rica’s average connection speed falls roughly in the middle of the pack, ranked 74th globally, according to Akamai.

The 11 percent growth rate for the quarter was among the highest seen in the region, as was the 43 percent year-over-year growth rate, it added.

Among selected regional neighbors, Costa Rica’s average peak connection speed is one of the lowest, ranked 92nd globally.
The 12 percent quarterly growth rate was among the highest seen in the region, as was the 50 percent year-over-year growth rate.

The data comes from Akamai’s Third Quarter, 2012, State of the Internet report.  The report includes data gathered from across the Akamai Intelligent Platform about attack traffic, broadband adoption, mobile connectivity and other relevant topics concerning the Internet and its usage, as well as trends seen in this data over time.

Akamai Technologies, Inc. describes itself as the leading cloud platform for helping enterprises provide secure, high- performing user experiences on any device, anywhere.

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