Akamai Releases First Quarter 2014 'State of the Internet' Report2014-06-27 09:19 by Daniela
Tags: Akamai, Internet
Akamai Technologies, Inc., a provider of cloud services for delivering, optimizing and securing online content and business applications, yesterday released its First Quarter, 2014 State of the Internet Report. Based on data gathered from the Akamai Intelligent Platform, the report provides insight into key global statistics such as connection speeds, overall attack traffic, network connectivity/availability issues, and traffic patterns across leading Web properties and digital media providers. According to the report, the global average internet speed is continuing its steady increase, growing 1.8 percent quarter-over-quarter and 24 percent year-on-year to reach 3.9 Mbps. Growth ranged from a low of 0.7% in Panama (2.6 Mbps) to a high of 196% in Sudan (3.2 Mbps). South Korea showed a 145% increase from the first quarter of 2013, a growth rate that nearly tripled Ireland's 47% increase, which ranked second in year-over-year growth among the top 10. Akamai also identified the top countries from which attack traffic originates, as well as the top ports targeted by these attacks. China was again responsible for originating the most attacks, but dropped slightly from 43% in the fourth quarter of 2013 to 41% in the first quarter of 2014. The United States followed in second place, but also saw a decline from 19% to 11%, and Indonesia saw a slight uptick from 5.7% to 6.8% to secure third place. Overall, the concentration of attacks decreased significantly as compared to the fourth quarter of 2013, with the top 10 countries/regions originating 75% of observed attacks, down from 88% in the prior quarter. Port 445 (Microsoft-DS) remained the most targeted port in the first quarter of 2014, but the associated attack traffic volume was down to 14% of observed attack traffic (from 30% in the third quarter of 2013). Akamai added a "4K Readiness" metric to its first quarter State Of The Internet Report, finding that 17% of the U.S. is prepared to deliver those services via broadband - not quite enough to break into the global top 10.
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