Costa Rica Also Lags Behind on Internet

A report by Akamai highlights an 8.4% drop in the average connection speed in Costa Rica in the second quarter compared to the same period last year.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Between late 2014 and June this year, Costa Rica fell 20 positions in the ranking of broadband Internet, surpassing only Paraguay, Bolivia and Venezuela.  Panama recorded a slight growth of 1% in the period in question, while Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Honduras, did not even figure in the report.

The report indicates that the average speed of Costa Rica is 3.5 Mpbs, registering an increase of 11% compared to June 2015 and down 8.4% from the first quarter (January to March) 2016. 

In the case of Panama, between June 2015 and December 2016 an increase was recorded of 37% in average connection speed (IPV4).

In the same period in question, the maximum average speed (peak) went up by 37% in Panama, while in Costa Rica it increased by almost 10%

According to Akamai 27% of connections are higher than 4 Mbps in Costa Rica, an annual increase of 41% which falls short of the leap made by Panama (104%), Bolivia (77%), Brazil (57%) and Ecuador (65%).

See "report State of the Internet IIQ 2016 "

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