Akamai releases fourth quarterly State of the Internet report

Written by Businesswire India | Bangalore | Updated: Mar 31 2009, 16:45pm hrs
Akamai Technologies, the leader in powering rich media, dynamic transactions and enterprise applications online, announced the release of the fourth edition of its quarterly State of the Internet report available for download at www.akamai.com/stateoftheinternet. Leveraging published reports and information gathered from its network, Akamai's quarterly report provides insight into key Internet statistics such as origin of attack traffic, network outages and broadband connectivity levels across the globe.

As the Company's fourth published edition, the report also now provides a full-year view, as well as a quarterly view, into trends. The India specific trends include:

-- India ranked #20 globally for number of unique IP addresses seen by Akamai, with 2.63 million IPs

- Up 42.91% year-over-year, and 1.69% from Q3 2008

- In comparison, United States was ranked #1 with 114.1 million unique IPs

-- Indias average connection speed was at 772 Kbps and ranked #115 in terms of average connection speed

- Globally, the average connection speed was approximately 1.5 Mbps

- The United States ranked #17 globally, with an average connection speed of 3.9 Mbps while South Korea ranked #1 with an average connection speed of 15 Mbps

-- India ranked #17 globally in terms of attack traffic, with 1.16% of observed attack traffic

- In comparison, United States was ranked #1 with 22.85% of observed attack traffic

-- India ranked #148 globally for number of unique IP addresses per capita, with 0.0023

-- India ranked #62 globally for high broadband adoption, with 0.56% of connections to Akamai at speeds over 5 Mbps

-- India ranked #81 globally for high broadband penetration, with fewer than 0.0001 high broadband IPs per capita in Q4 2008

-- India ranked #93 globally for broadband adoption, with 3.74% of connections to Akamai at speeds over 2 Mbps

-- India ranked #118 globally for broadband penetration, with 0.0001broadband IPs per capita in Q4 2008

-- India ranked #55 globally for narrowband adoption, with 25.8% of connections to Akamai at speeds below 256 Kbps

Commenting on the report, Sanjay Singh, Managing Director India, Akamai Technologies, said, Akamai's unique visibility into the connection speeds of systems issuing requests to the Akamai network has created a one-of-a-kind view into broadband adoption around the globe. Leveraging that data, Akamai's quarterly State of the Internet report compares Internet penetration and connections speeds in India with countries across the world. We continue to see strong trends that point to an ever-improving Internet penetration figures in India with observed unique IPs growing 43% Y-o-Y and average connections speed well above 750 Kbps. The average connection speed will be an interesting number to track in the coming quarters and will give us a clear indication of the growing broadband adoption in the country.

Attack Traffic

During the fourth quarter of 2008, Akamai observed attack traffic originating from 193 unique countries around the world, up nearly 8% from the third quarter count of 179 countries. In the fourth quarter, the United States moved into first place for the first time in 2008, after placing second to either China or Japan throughout the year. Throughout 2008, the United States, China, Taiwan, South Korea, and Japan were consistently among the top 10 countries that generated the highest per centages of attack traffic.

Broadband Connectivity

Through its globally-deployed server network, and by virtue of the billions of requests for Web content that it services on a daily basis, Akamai has a unique level of visibility into the connection speeds of those systems issuing the requests, and as such, of broadband adoption around the globe. In the fourth quarter of 2008, the State of the Internet report began tracking average connection speeds for countries around the world.

Current highlights and historical trends for average connection speeds on a global basis can be found in Akamais new data visualization tool, available at http://www.akamai.com/dv5. This Global Broadband Adoption tool has been added to Akamais suite of data visualization tools, available at http://www.akamai.com/html/technology/visualizing_akamai.html, which include views into global attack traffic, network latency and packet loss, and traffic on the Akamai network, as well as Akamais popular Net Usage Indices for Retail, News and Music.

In the fourth quarter of 2008, only six countries connected to Akamais network at average speeds in excess of 5 Mbps, and for the year, many countries showed significant increases in their levels of high broadband (>5 Mbps) adoption.

Fastest International Countries

At the end of 2008, approximately 19% of Internet connections around the world were at speeds greater than 5 Mbps, representing a 21% increase over the average global connection speed at the end of 2007. In line with their average connection speed of 15 Mbps, and their appearance at the top of the list for the prior three quarters, South Korea once again ranked as the country with the highest per centage of connections at high broadband (>5 Mbps) speeds. Looking at the levels of high broadband penetration in the fourth quarter, South Korea, Sweden, the Netherlands, Denmark, and Norway had more high broadband IPs per capita than in the prior quarter. This is consistent with what would be expected from the initiatives to bring higher-speed connectivity, including Fiber-to-the-Home efforts, to consumers in these countries.