The EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) region showed strong, positive year-over-year growth in the fourth quarter of 2014, as shown by the connectivity metrics published in Akamai's State of the Internet Report. Nearly every country in the region showed positive gains, often led by Turkey's substantial annual growth across a variety of metrics. These metrics include average connection speed, average peak connection speed, broadband adoption, high broadband adoption, and 4K readiness. For additional insight into the various metrics covered within the report, refer to the State of the Internet Metrics: What Do They Mean? blog post.
Average connection speeds showed consistently positive growth across the year. Of the surveyed countries, the smallest increase was Austria's 3.9% growth. Conversely, Romania had the highest year-over-year growth at 61%, followed by Turkey's 44% growth. These highly positive long-term growth trends are indicative of ongoing connectivity improvements throughout the region.
Average peak connection speeds saw similarly positive year-over-year growth, albeit more muted than the third quarter of 2014. With the exception of Austria's 9.4% increase, all surveyed countries had annual growth rates north of 10%. Finland and South Africa led the region with their respective 40% and 67% increases.
High broadband adoption levels made significant gains across the region. Austria again showed the most modest year-over-year growth with its 8% increase. At the other end of the spectrum, Turkey's tremendous 429% gain was the largest. Turkey was joined by Romania, the United Arab Emirates, Portugal, and South Africa in having high broadband adoption rates more than double from the previous year.
Broadband adoption increased in every surveyed EMEA country, led by South Africa's 161% year-over-year increase. No other country was able to match South Africa's growth rate, but an additional 15 countries saw double-digit percentage growth rates. The Czech Republic and France filled out the low end with the smallest annual increases, at 0.2% and 1.0% respectively.
4K readiness had very strong year-over-year gains throughout the region. Of those surveyed, six countries had readiness rates more than double since the previous year. These gains were led by Turkey and Romania, which boasted gains of 621% and 320% respectively. Austria and the Czech Republic had the smallest growth, at 15% and 16% respectively. As a whole, these year-over-year trends are extremely encouraging and point to the growing availability of ultra fast connectivity across the EMEA region.
For the entire picture -- complete with quarterly analysis -- download the full Fourth Quarter, 2014 State of the Internet Report.