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Service provider rebuts study ranking local Web speeds as only 46th fastest in world

TAIPEI -- Chunghwa Telecom Co. (CHT), Taiwan's largest telecommunication service provider, rebutted yesterday a study by a U.S.-based Internet content delivery network that said Taiwan's average Internet connection speed is 3.7 megabytes per second (Mbps), ranking it 46th in the world.

In its quarterly “State of the Internet” report for the second quarter of the year, Akamai Technologies, Inc., a leading Web service provider based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, said the global average connection speed rose 13 percent to 3 Mbps from the first to second quarter of 2012.

South Korea continued to have the highest average connection speed at 14.2 Mbps for Q2, followed by Japan at 10.7 Mbps and Hong Kong at 8.9 Mbps, according to the report released Oct. 17.

Akamai has compiled its State of the Internet report based on data gathered from the Akamai Intelligent Platform, which connected more than 665 million IPv4 addresses from 242 countries and regions during the second quarter of the year.

Chunghwa Telecom said, however, that the report failed to correctly calculate Taiwan's Internet connection speed because it was compiled with statistics of speeds connecting to Akamai servers. The more Akamai equipment a country uses, the faster it can connect with the Internet, CHT said in a statement.

Citing independent Consumers' Foundation data released in January, CHT said Taiwan's average connection speed actually reached 13Mbps, far higher than the 3.7 Mbps claimed in the Akamai report.

In addition, data compiled by Speedtest.net, a global broadband speed test website, indicates that the download speed of Taiwan's network averaged 30 Mbps in the past four months, ranking between second and seventh in the world, CHT said.

Those figures show that the Akamai report has twisted the truth about Taiwan's broadband connection speed, according to CHT, the largest provider of fixed-line, mobile, broadband access and Internet services in Taiwan in terms of both revenue and customers.

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