The news: The US and Canada have fallen out of the Top 10 list for fastest mobile and broadband speeds even as global mobile and broadband speeds have surged, per PCMag.
The results: Ookla’s Speedtest Global Index survey showed that global mobile and broadband speeds have jumped 60% and 32%, respectively over the last year despite increased demand due to the pandemic and the transition to 5G.
Why it’s worth watching: According to the report, part of the problem in the US is inaccurate coverage maps for both broadband and mobile; and low speed requirements for broadband.
The bigger picture: Years-long supply chain delays and fiber shortages will greatly complicate the update efforts for broadband and 5G infrastructure, which will have a knock-on effect for Internet speeds.
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