The Netherlands: a top three nation
In the global list of countries with the highest average connection speeds, the Netherlands was ranked third with an average connection speed of 12.4 Mbps (megabits per second). According to Akamai’s Fourth Quarter 2013 State of the Internet Report, only South Korea and Japan ranked higher, with 21.9 and 12.8 Mbps respectively.
The fact that the average internet speed is so high is partly due to continued investment in digital infrastructure and the high density of broadband internet connections in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area. According to the latest Akamai report, high broadband adoption (with a speed of more than 10 Mbps) is at 45% in the Netherlands. This percentage is much higher than many other European countries. The Amsterdam Area also boasts the best possible digital foundation thanks to the presence of the Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS IX), which is the largest data transport hub in the world.