In recent times, the internet speed in many countries in the West has increased. But this is not true for every country. Many lag behind in having high internet speeds due to excessive supply in some particular areas. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has released a report showing that average American broadband download speeds tripled between March 2011 and September 2014, jumping from 10Mbps to 31Mbps.
The statistics shows a clear improvement in the unit used in the last couple of years. But it pales in comparison to what the rest of the world gets. The US ranked 25th out of 39 countries in 2013, trailing behind the likes of Canada, Luxembourg and Japan.
The reason behind this mismatching internet speed is the huge gaps in technology. The rollouts of fiber internet access and faster cable hardware have increased the peak performance of some providers. But the DSL service is largely stagnant. There is a high chance that you will not get more than 12Mbps. Meanwhile, networks like AT&T and Verizon are at once pushing broadband forward and holding it back.
Another vital reason for internet traffic is the videos, estimated by the FCC. Perhaps it causes over 60% of slow internet speed. Also, the streaming clips can take up as much as 80 percent of traffic by 2019. Those gigabit internet rollouts over the next few years may be crucial to enjoying 4K and other bandwidth-intensive video services coming in the near future.