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Around 2.8% of the Internet connections in India have more than 4Mbps speed and around 0.2% of the Internet connections have more than 10 Mbps speed for the fourth quarter of 2012, according to the ‘State of the Internet’ report by the content delivery network Akamai Technologies.

The company says that this report 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.

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Avg Connection Speed: The average connection speed in India stood at 1.2 Mbps, up 19% from 1 Mbps in the previous quarter and up 48% year-on-year (YoY). India is currently ranked 116th in terms of average connection speed and has the lowest average connection speed among the Asian countries measured in the report.

Globally, the average connection speed stood at 2.9 Mbps, a 5% increase from 2.8Mbps in the previous quarter and a 25% increase YoY. South Korea continues to record the highest average connection speed with 14.0 Mbps, followed by Japan which has an average connection speed of 10.8Mbps and Hong Kong which has an average connection speed of 9.3 Mbps.

Avg Peak Connection Speed: The average peak connection speed in India stood at 9.2 Mbps, a 15% increase from 8 Mbps in the previous quarter and a 60% increase YoY. India is currently ranked 109th 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 8.1 Mbps.

Globally, the average peak connection speed increased to 16.6 Mbps, a 4.6% increase from 15.9 Mbps in the previous quarter and 35% increase YoY. Hong Kong retained its top spot by recording the highest average peak connection speed of 57.5 Mbps, followed by South Korea which recorded an average peak connection speed of 49.3 Mbps and Japan which recorded an average peak connection speed stood at 43.3 Mbps.

Internet Adoption: 2.8% of the Internet connections in India have 4Mbps speed or more, up 80% quarter-on-quarter (QoQ) and 265% YoY and 0.2% of the Internet connections in India have 10 Mbps or more, up 45% QoQ and 171% YoY. India currently has the lowest rate of high broadband adoption (i.e. greater than 10 Mbps), however Akamai notes that this quarter was the first time in 2012, India had more than 25,000 unique IP addresses connect to Akamai at speeds above 10 Mbps.

South Korea retained its top spot with 49% of the Internet connections having more than 10Mbps speed and 86% of the Internet connections having more than 4Mbps speed. Globally, 11% of Internet connections have more than 10Mbps speed, up 2.7% from the previous quarter and up 31% YoY and 42% of the Internet connections have more than 4Mbps speed, up 2.1% from the previous quarter and up 15% YoY.

Unique IPs: India has 14.3 million (14,278,593) unique IPv4 addresses, up from 13.87 million IPv4 addresses in the previous quarter. Globally, there are 699.7 million (699,682,878) unique IPv4 addresses, up 2.4% from 683.2 million in the previous quarter and up 9.8% YoY. United States continues to have the highest number of IPv4 addresses for the quarter with 146.9 million (146,874,246) unique IPv4 addresses, followed by China which crossed the 100 million milestone during the quarter and registered 101.7 million (101,661,860) unique IPv4 addresses. Japan retained its third spot with 40.7 million (40,726,690) unique IPs.

Attack traffic: India accounted for 2.3% of the global attacking traffic, as compared to 2.5% attack traffic recorded in Q3 2012. Attack traffic is the traffic generated to carry out distributed denial of service attack (DDoS Attack). China continued to retain its top spot, accounting for 41% attack traffic, followed by United States which accounted for 10% attack traffic and Turkey which accounted for 4.7% attack traffic.

The number of DDoS attacks globally stood at 768 in 2012, a significant increase from 250 DDoS attacks in 2011. Akamai mentioned that it is currently taking only those attacks into account which needed human interaction to fight them.