In recent years, US internet speeds have nearly tripled, but it’s still not enough to keep up with the rest of the world. In about the past 4 years, speeds have gone from 10Mbps to around 31Mbps, which sounds pretty great, but it just puts the US right in the middle of the pack at 25th in a list of a list of 39 countries. Canada and Japan are well ahead of us.
Analysts predict that this is because while some internet providers are pushing speeds higher with fiber networks, they are still depending on DSL in some areas, which doesn’t really have speeds faster than 12Mbps. With web video taking up 60% of internet traffic, a figure which is estimated to go up to 80% soon, higher speeds are definitely needed. 4K quality videos are only going to proliferate the market more, taking up more bandwidth and requiring faster speeds to handle larger files.
Gigabit internet which is coming within the next few years could help handle the load. However, like fiber, it won’t be available everywhere and the type of internet speeds available to you will largely depend on your location.
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