A report has revealed that Malaysian broadband speeds are slightly below the global average; although the peak speeds achieved actually came in higher than the global average peak. It is unsurprising that the report indicates that Malaysian internet speeds are below par, but what is interesting is the quarter-on-quarter results have dipped since last year.
The statistics comes from Akamai’s State of the Internet report, which collects data through the company’s vast content distribution network. Akamai has been publishing the report for several years now, and it is generally considered to be a general view of the global performance of the internet.
Malaysia was ranked 73rd in terms of internet speeds with an average connection speed of 4.9 mbps. The result is slower than the global average of 5.1 mbps, but not by much. In contrast, neighbouring Singapore had an average speed of 12.5mbps; while Indonesia was rated at 3.0 mbps. As far as ASEAN countries go, Malaysia was a distant second behind our southern neighbours; but still ahead of the rest of the region.
Akamai’s report also broke down the percentage of Malaysian users within several speed brackets. For instance, 52-percent of Malaysian users were recorded at connections above 4 mbps. Following on from that only 4-percent of Malaysian users recorded speeds of more than 10 mbps, while a tiny 0.9-percent had speeds of more than 15mbps.
It is not all bleak news for the state of the Malaysia internet. While the average speeds were lower than the global average, the country still saw an improvement of 20-percent in overall speeds compared to the first nine months of 2014. It is slow going, but it shows that internet speeds are picking up.
On the other hand, the list of countries with the fastest internet speeds has not changed by much. It is still dominated by smaller countries with less space to cover, with South Korea, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, and Hong Kong making up the top five.