Are you ready for 4K TV? Akamai shares which countries are good to go.


The rise of 4K television has prompted Akamai to create a list of nations that have sustained average broadband speeds of 15 Mbps needed to deliver current streams of 4K television content. Akamai calls these nations “4K ready,” and sadly, the U.S. doesn’t rank in the top 10, according to the first quarter data from Akamai’s 2014 State of the Internet Report. Only 17 percent of the U.S. is 4K ready, according to Akamai’s broadband measurement, putting the country at 17 in the global rankings.

Overall, only 47 countries qualified for inclusion in Akamai’s metric, which doesn’t actually take into account the amount of 4K content available in the region. Of those, almost half of the countries had 4K readiness rates above 10 percent, while the lowest readiness rates in terms of the percentage of connections that were above 15 Mbps were found in India (.3 percent) and China (.2…

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