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North America Cloud Readiness

April 26, 2012 - 2 Comments

Improved fixed broadband network performance and access are key measures used to analyze global region’s ability to support business- and consumer-grade cloud applications. All regions can support some level of cloud services (basic or intermediate); however, no region’s average network performance can support the advanced cloud applications (such as HD audio conferencing; HD video conferencing or streaming super HD video, et al.).

Of the six global regions covered, North America leads all regions in consumer fixed broadband access (27% of households); while Western Europe is second with (26% of households have access today). North America has the second fastest average consumer fixed broadband download speed (8,414 Kbps); second only to Western Europe (9,369 Kbps). North America has the fourth fastest average consumer fixed broadband upload speed (1,778 Kbps); behind Central and Eastern Europe (4,003 Kbps), Asia-Pacific (3,166 Kbps) and Western Europe (2,379 Kbps). North America is the most cloud ready region from a latency perspective. North America’s average consumer fixed broadband network latency with 63 milliseconds; Western Europe is second with 72 milliseconds.

As cloud-based applications grow and become more pervasive in our personal and business computing landscape, fixed and mobile networks will become even more vital as the platform that enhances the way we live, work, play and learn. Check out our new infographic to learn how region is currently equipped to handle basic, intermediate and advanced cloud services today.

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  1. I agree that bandwidth overall is generally sufficient for most apps. The problem with networks is the average performance and the latency. If there can be a guaranteed minimum bandwidth for download and upload and reduced average latency, we will get better quality in video conferencing or HD streaming. Latency matters a lot more in live video conferencing situations since there is no buffering and even consumer apps like Skype and Facetime suffers screen freezes and frames lagging. Until we can reduce average latency and guarantee a min. bandwidth, we will always suffer from poor video conferencing quality.

  2. Very interesting statistics in your infographic, Pat, thanks. The average upload speeds across the world are most interesting to me. These speeds, are the *actual* or *advertised*. For example, for me in the UK, I am 1.7 miles from my local DSL exchange by the crow flies, but 7 miles by the way the cable travels (!!!). I get an upload speed less that 1Mbps on what is advertised as a 20 Mbps (download) service. So for using apps such as IP Telephony, the upload speed is a real constraint (never mind real time video upload).

    Hence my question: are your figures *actuals* or *advertised* ?