Internet content delivery network Akamai Technologies has released its ‘State of the Internet’ report for the fourth quarter of 2011, 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.

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Avg Connection Speed: The average connection speed in India stood at 0.9 Mbps, recording 6% dip from the previous quarter and 13% growth year-on-year. India is currently ranked 114th in terms of average connection speed and continues to be the only Asian country measured in the report, which has average connection speeds below 1 Mbps.

In comparison, South Korea’s average connection speed stood at 17.5 Mbps, Hong Kong’s average connection speed stood at 9.1 Mbps and Japan’s average connection speed stood at 9.1 Mbps. The only countries which have a similar or lower connection speeds than India were Egypt (0.9 Mbps), Sudan (0.7 Mbps) and Venezuela (0.9 Mbps). The global average connection speed is 2.3 Mbps.

The average peak connection speed in the country stood at 5.9 Mbps, a 1.8% increase from the previous quarter and 13% increase year-on-year. In comparison, South Korea recorded an average peak connection speed of 47.9 Mbps while Hong Kong recorded an average peak connection speed of 45.9 Mbps and Romania’s average peak connection speed stood at 35.2 Mbps. The global average peak connection speed is 11.7 Mbps.

On mobile networks, India recorded an average connection speed of 1664 kbps, up from 1597 kbps in the previous quarter, and the peak connection speed stood at 9651 kbps, up from 9443 kbps in the previous quarter. The average downloads per month however dipped to 204 MB/month from 274 MB/month in the previous quarter.

Unique IPs: India has 9,602,386 unique IP addresses. United States took the top honors with 145 million (145,069,663) unique IP addresses, followed by China with 84 million (84,405,405) IP addresses and Japan with 40 million (40,254,398) IP addresses. Globally, there are 628 million (628, 358,806) unique IP addresses.

Internet Speeds Breakup: 27% of the Internet connections in India are still below 256Kbps, down by 5.6% from the previous quarter and 22% year-on-year; while Internet connections having 2 Mbps speed or more in the country stood at 8.4%, down by 18% from the previous quarter and up by 85% year-on-year, and Internet connections with 5 Mbps or more stood 0.5%, down by 26% from the previous quarter and up by 9.4% year-on-year.

Globally, 27% of Internet connections are above 5Mbps, 66% of the Internet connections are above 2Mbps and 2.5% of the Internet connections are below 256kbps.

Attack traffic: India accounts for 3% of global attacking traffic, as compared to 3.7% traffic in Q3 2011. China took the top place with 13% attack traffic, followed by United States which accounted for 10% attack traffic and Indonesia which accounted for 7.6% attack traffic. In the case of attack traffic from mobile networks, Italy accounted for 24% of attack traffic, followed by China which accounted for 9.2% attack traffic and Chile which accounted for 8.7% of the attack traffic.


Akamai Report: Avg Connection Speed In India At 0.9 Mbps; 9 Million Unique IP Addresses
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