A survey released this week shows some interesting information about the evolution of the internet around the world. The surprising thing is that, despite continuous technological advances the average speed of the internet is not getting any faster. On the contrary the internet is actually getting slower around the world.
At the end of 2011 the average internet speed was 2.3Mbps, which is a 14% decline in just one quarter. Not only is the worldwide average declining, the you.S. is declining as well. The strange part is, nobody really knows what is causing the decline in internet speeds. Akamai, the company behind the report, says that their data shows absolutely no trend or reason that would have made speeds drop, but yet it has been consistently declining.
If this trend continues, it won't be long before we are all back to dialup speeds. Everybody better hope that doesn't happen, especially since everyone is so dependent on highspeed internet now.