Internet gets faster

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Despite much-heralded technical snafus, the Web became a faster medium to transmit data in 1997, according to a study by San Mateo, Calif., researcher Keynote Systems.

In more than 5.2 million Web measurements, Keynote found that the 1997 performance average, the average time needed to access and download 40 popular business Web sites during business hours, was 26.19 seconds. Comparing the week of Dec. 2, 1997, from the previous year, the average performance speed increased 33%, to 27.75 seconds in 1997 from 41.31 seconds in 1996.

Keynote also found that performance improved during holidays, spring break and summer vacations in July and August. Geographic locations was also a variable.

Copyright January 1998, Crain Communications Inc.

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