Internet content delivery network Akamai Technologies has released its ‘State of the Internet’ report for the third quarter of 2012, which was generated based on the data gathered from the Akamai Intelligent Platform, and provides a sneak peek at statistics such as Internet penetration, mobile traffic and data consumption, global and regional connection speeds, and observed attack traffic, across the world.
Avg Connection Speed: The average connection speed in India stood slightly above 1.0 Mbps, up 2.5% from the previous quarter and 11% year-on-year (YoY). India is currently ranked 120th in terms of average connection speed and has the lowest average connection speed among the Asian countries measured in the report.
The global average connection speed declined to 2.8 Mbps, a 6.8% dip from 3 Mbps in the previous quarter but a 11% increase YoY. South Korea continues to record the highest average connection speed with 14.7 Mbps, followed by Japan which has an average connection speed of 10.5Mbps and Hong Kong which has an average connection speed of 9 Mbps.
Avg Peak Connection Speed: The average peak connection speed in the country stood at 8 Mbps, a 9.3% increase from 7.3 Mbps in the previous quarter and a 39% increase YoY. India is currently ranked 115th in terms of average peak connection speed and has the second lowest average peak connection speed among the Asian countries measured in the report, followed only by China which has an average peak connection speed of 7.1 Mbps.
Akamai noted that India, China and Vietnam (8.6 Mbps) are the only countries in the Asia Pacific region as measured in the report, to have an average peak connection speeds below 10Mbps, however as an interesting aside, it also mentioned that India’s average peak connection speed has increased by nearly 140% since Q3 2007, while China’s average peak connection speed has increased by nearly 250% in the same period.
The global average peak connection speed declined to 15.9 Mbps, a 1.4% dip from 16.1 Mbps in the previous quarter but 36% increase YoY. Hong Kong recorded the highest average peak connection speed of 54.1 Mbps, followed by South Korea which recorded an average peak connection speed of 48.8 Mbps and Japan which recorded an average peak connection speed stood at 42.2 Mbps.
Internet Adoption: 1.5% of the Internet connections in India have 4Mbps speed or more, up 6.9% quarter-on-quarter (QoQ) and 40% YoY and 0.1% of the Internet connections in India have 10 Mbps or more, down 1.4% QoQ and unchanged on an yearly basis.
In comparison, 52% of the Internet connections in South Korea have more than 10Mbps speed and 86% of the Internet connections have more than 4Mbps speed. Globally, 11% of Internet connections are above 10Mbps, up 8.8% from the previous quarter and up 22% YoY and 41% of the Internet connections are above 4Mbps, up 4.8% from the previous quarter and up 9.7% YoY.
Akamai mentioned that India’s broadband adoption has been above 1% only from Q3 2011, however its worth noting that the company had changed the definitions of ‘Broadband’ to 4Mbps from 2Mbps and ‘High Broadband’ to 10Mbps from 5Mbps in Q1 2013 and had stopped reporting figures for Internet connections below 256kbps from the same period.
Unique IPs: India has 13.87 million (13,873,381) unique IPv4 addresses, up 12.76% from 12.3 million IPv4 addresses in the previous quarter.Globally, there are 683 million (683,283,704) unique IPv4 addresses, up 2.7% from 665.2 million in the previous quarter and up 11% YoY. United States has the highest number of IPv4 addresses for the quarter with 145 million (145,002,042) unique IPv4 addresses, followed by China with 98.96 million (98,959,738) unique IPv4 addresses and Japan with 40.29 million (40,293,015) unique IPv4 addresses.
Akamai hasn’t disclosed any specific data on IPv6 addresses for the quarter, since the company apparently ran into an issue with its data collection system at the network service provider Hurricane Electric. In the previous quarter, Akamai had reported that there were 18.99 (18,999,253) million unique IPv6 addresses globally, up 6679.9% (67x) from 280,229 unique IPv6 addresses in 2011. It had mentioned that United States accounted for 73% of these IPv6 addresses, followed by France which accounted for 15% of these IPv6 adresses and Japan which accounted for 3.7% of these IPv6 addresses. Other Asian countries accounted for 1.4% of these IPv6 addresses.
Attack traffic: India accounts for 2.5% of the global attacking traffic, as compared to 2.9% attack traffic recorded in Q2 2012. Attack traffic is defined as the traffic generated to carry out distributed denial of service attack (DDoS Attack). China continued to remain at the top spot accounting for 33% attack traffic, followed by United States which accounted for 13% attack traffic and Russia which accounted for 4.7% attack traffic.
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