Akamai Releases Fourth Quarter 2014 'State of the Internet' Report2015-03-25 10:20 by Daniela
Tags: Akamai, Internet
Akamai Technologies, Inc., has released its Fourth Quarter, 2014 State of the Internet Report. The report is based on data gathered from the Akamai Intelligent Platform™ and follows up key global statistics such as connection speeds, broadband adoption across fixed and mobile networks, overall attack traffic, global 4K readiness, and IPv4 exhaustion and IPv6 implementation.
"Over the course of 2014, we've seen healthy global growth across all of our key metrics for Internet connectivity, broadband adoption and 4K readiness," said David Belson, editor of the report. "The positive trends make an interesting contrast to a recent study that found 4.4 billion people around the world do not go online, indicating a strong need for continued efforts to improve and deploy Internet infrastructure globally."
The largest increase in average connection speeds was seen in Sweden (14.6 Mbps), with a modest 3.5% gain. Globally, a total of 98 qualifying countries/regions saw average connection speeds increase in the fourth quarter, with growth rates ranging from 78% in Nepal (2.5 Mbps) down to a meager 0.1% in the Czech Republic (12.3 Mbps).
Global high broadband (>10 Mbps) adoption rates increased 2.9% in the fourth quarter. Again, on top is South Korea with 79% broadband adoption rate followed by Hong Kong with a 60% adoption rate.
As far as attack traffic is concerned, China once again remained well ahead of the other countries/regions (41%), originating more than three times the observed attack traffic than the U.S. (13%), which saw an approximate 20% quarter-over-quarter decline, back down to second-quarter levels. China and the U.S. were again the only two countries to originate more than 10% of observed traffic during the fourth quarter – the remaining countries/regions were all below 5%.
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