World Is Getting Ready for the Onslaught of 4K

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Akamai Technologies says that based on its research, the world is getting ready for 4K.

It found that the world’s average peak connection speed increased 6.8% to 34.7 Mbps in the first quarter of 2016, increasing 14% year-on-year, according to its “First Quarter, 2016 State of the Internet Report.”

Homes with 10 Mbps, 15 Mbps and 25 Mbps increased 10%, 14% and 19% respectively in the first quarter of 2016. The 15 Mbps number is the magic one for streaming a single 4K video and 25 Mbps for streaming two 4K videos simultaneously.

 

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Olympics and live sports: drivers of 4K traffic

 

The average connection speeds for mobile devices ranged from a high of 27.9 Mbps in the UK, which we attribute to Virgin Media’s longtime effort to offer fast broadband and to BT’s recent moves to upgrade its broadband network. The low was 2.2 Mbps in Algeria, which makes it feasible for low resolution, highly compressed mobile video services.

David Belson, editor of the report said, “Live sports will be at the forefront this summer as we prepare for the games in Brazil, with expectations that this year’s events will be watched by more online viewers than ever.

Global connection speeds have more than doubled since the summer of 2012, which can help support higher quality video streaming for bigger audiences across even more connected devices and platforms.” Belson said the increases show that broad-band networks are evolving toward supporting 4K services and that the increases in speeds …

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