Average peak broadband speeds in Hong Kong have soared in the last year, helping the special administrative region of the People’s Republic of China overtake South Korea in the rankings.
Hong Kong now has the fastest broadband speeds in the world at 49.2 megabits per second, according to the latest State of the Internet report produced by content delivery provider Akamai.
This is an increase of 7.1 per cent over the last three months and 25 per cent in the last year.
South Korea is now in second place with average peak speeds of 47.8 megabits per second, while Japan is in third place with 39.5 megabits per second.
Hong Kong’s domination of the broadband speed ranking is thought to be down to its advanced fibre optic infrastructure, which has been easy to set up given the region’s small size and high population density.
However looking at average connection speeds, not peak speeds, Hong Kong is still below South Korea at 9.3 megabits per second compared to 15.7 megabits per second.