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Akamai State of the Internet Report spotlights latest global speed trends
Posted on 25-Jan-2011 17:36 | Filed under: News

Akamai Technologies, Inc. has released its 3rd Quarter, 2010 State of the Internet report, leveraging information gathered from its global server network. The Akamai report provides insight into key Internet statistics such as broadband adoption, mobile connectivity, and attack traffic, as well as trends over time.

In the third quarter of 2010, over 533 million unique IP addresses, from 235 countries/regions, connected to the Akamai network – 20% more than the same quarter a year ago. The Top 10 regions/countries, which account for around 70% of the globally observed IP addresses, again demonstrated strong yearly growth. Spain (ranked #10) achieved 15% year-on-year growth, followed by the UK (ranked #6) up 12%. Germany (ranked #4) saw 5.9% growth, while France (ranked #5) was up 9.9% year-on-year.

Overall, average connection speeds in Europe continued to increase and strong double-digit percentage changes were seen in the year-on-year figures for Romania (12%), Netherlands (14%), and Latvia (27%).

Of the six European countries ranked in the Top 10 regions/countries, Romania once again led the way with an average connection speed of 7.0 Mbps, followed by the Netherlands (6.3 Mbps), Latvia (6.0 Mbps), Czech Republic (5.4 Mbps), Switzerland (5.3 Mbps), and Denmark (5.0 Mbps).

European average peak connection speeds (indicative of Internet connection capacity) leapt ahead this quarter. Strikingly, Romania was just one of four countries/regions around the world to achieve average peak connection speeds of 30 Mbps or more – ranking alongside South Korea, Japan and Hong Kong. Monaco (23 Mbps) and Latvia (23 Mbps) increased 65% and 64% respectively compared to the same period last year, while Portugal (19 Mbps) and Belgium (20 Mbps) increased their average peak connection speeds in excess of 40%. Sweden (19 Mbps) achieved the most modest year-on-year increase at just under 4%.

European “high broadband” (>5 Mbps) adoption rates continued to show consistent growth. Five European countries appear in the Top 10 region/country high broadband connectivity ranking. In Romania 50% of connections are now at speeds greater than 5 Mbps, followed by the Netherlands (49%), Latvia (42%), Denmark (35%) and Belgium (35%).

Globally, the Netherlands had the highest percentage of connections to Akamai in the 5-10 Mbps speed category.

Akamai again examined the average measured connection speeds of cities around the world. Cities in Asia overwhelming dominated the list, accounting for three-quarters of the list, with Taegu, South Korea holding the top spot with an average connection speed of 18.3 Mbps.

Reviewing the Top 100 fastest cities around the world in the third quarter of 2010 reveals the average peak connection speeds for the top European cities ranged from 39.2 Mbps (Constanta, Romania) to 26.9 Mbps (Coimbra, Portugal).

In total ten European cities made the list (four from the Netherlands, three from Romania, and one each from France, Germany, and Norway). Thirteen U.S. cities made the list, with San Jose, CA ranking as the fastest U.S. city (#57 out of 100)

The United States was the top source of observed attack traffic, followed by Russia; together these countries accounted for just over 20% of observed attack traffic. However, the aggregated continental figures reveal Europe was again responsible for the highest percentage (35%) of observed attacks in the third quarter (down from 39% in the second quarter).

In regard to attack traffic from mobile providers, Italy remained in the top spot (28%) while the UK saw the largest quarterly increase (nearly 80%) in observed traffic from known mobile network providers.

A mobile provider in Russia took the top spot for the highest average connection speed among the world’s mobile networks, reaching nearly 6 Mbps, while a mobile provider in Slovakia once again topped the average peak connection speed ranking at nearly 23 Mbps (up 2.5 Mbps from the second quarter).

Globally, average data consumption experienced by mobile providers grew during the third quarter, with providers in Slovakia, Germany, France and Austria experiencing users who consumed on average more than one gigabyte (1 GB) of content from Akamai each month.

No UK city features in the global top 100 average broadband connection speed table. The average UK connection speed is 4Mbps, with 85% of connections achieving 2Mbps or more. 17% achieved connections above 5Mbps.

The overall average connection speed for the U.S. as a whole in the third quarter of 2010 was 5.0 Mbps. Delaware continued to maintain its standing as the state with the fastest average connection speed. The overall average peak connection speed in the U.S. during the third quarter was 20 Mbps.

New Zealand was reported with an average connection speed of 3.2 Mbps and peak connection speed of 13 Mbps. Only 9.6% of users attained over 5 Mbps, and 74% of users connected at over 2 Mbps.

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