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Akamai Report: Avg Connection Speed Finally At 1Mbps; 11.5 Million Unique IP Addresses

Internet content delivery network Akamai Technologies has released its ‘State of the Internet’ report for the first 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.

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Avg Connection Speed: The average connection speed in India stood at 1 Mbps, up 16% from 0.9 Mbps in the previous quarter and 24% year-on-year (YoY). India is currently ranked 112th in terms of average connection speed and has the lowest average connection speed among the Asian countries measured in the report.

In comparison, South Korea’s average connection speed stood at 15.7 Mbps, Japan’s average connection speed stood at 10.9 Mbps and Hong Kong’s average connection speed stood at 9.3 Mbps. The only countries which have a similar or lower connection speeds than India were Philippines (1.2 Mbps), and China (1.5 Mbps). The global average connection speed is 2.6 Mbps.

The average peak connection speed in the country stood at 6.9 Mbps, a significant 21% increase from 5.9 Mbps in the previous quarter and 33% increase YoY. India is currently ranked 114th in terms of average peak connection speed and has the second lowest average peak connection speed among the Asian countries measured in the report.

In comparison, Hong Kong recorded an average peak connection speed of 49.3 Mbps, while South Korea recorded an average peak connection speed of 47.8 Mbps and Japan’s average peak connection speed stood at 39.5 Mbps. China has the lowest average peak connection speed with 5.9 Mbps. The global average peak connection speed is 13.5 Mbps.

There is no information on India’s average connection speed and average peak connection speeds on mobile networks for this quarter. In the previous quarter, India had recorded an average connection speed of 1664 kbps and the peak connection speed of 9651 kbps. There is also no information on the average downloads per month for this quarter. In the previous quarter, India had recorded 204 MB/month.

Globally, the mobile data traffic increased by 19% QoQ and almost doubled year-on-year YoY. The average connection speeds ranged from 322kbps to 6Mbps while the average peak connection speed ranged from 2.2Mbps to 32.2Mbps.

Unique IPs: India has 11.5 million (11,498,812) unique IP addresses. United States took the top honors with 146 million (146,463,059) unique IP addresses, followed by China with 92 million (92,385,739) IP addresses and Japan with 40 million (40,510,336) IP addresses. Globally, there are 666 million (666,113,448) unique IP addresses from 238 countries/regions, up 6% from 628 million in Q4 2012 and 14% YoY.

Akamai said that 180 countries have fewer than one million unique IP addresses, 131 countries have fewer than 100,000 unique IP addresses, and 29 countries have fewer than 1,000 unique IP addresses connecting to Akamai in the first quarter of 2012.

Internet Speeds Breakup: 1.2% of the Internet connections in India have 4Mbps speed or more, up 62% QoQ and 85% YoY and 0.1% of the Internet connections in India have 10 Mbps or more, up 87% QoQ and 19% YoY.  In comparison, 53% of the Internet connections in South Korea have more than 10Mbps speed and 86% of the Internet connections have more than 4Mbps speed. Globally, 10% of Internet connections are above 10Mbps, up 19% from the previous quarter, 40% of the Internet connections are above 4Mbps, up 10% from the previous quarter.

Its worth noting that Akamai has changed the definitions of ‘High Broadband’ from 5Mbps to 10Mbps and ‘Broadband’ from 2Mbps to 4Mbps and has stopped reporting figures for Internet connections below 256kbps, starting this year. Due to this change, Akamai notes that the difference in adoption rates is around 6x lower, indicating that a lot of Internet connections in India is between 2-4Mbps.

Attack traffic: India accounts for 3.1% of global attacking traffic, as compared to 3.0% attack traffic recorded Q4 2011. Attack traffic is defined as the traffic generated to carry out distributed denial of service attack (DDoS Attack). Akamai recorded attack traffic from 182 unique countries, down from 187 countries in the previous quarter. China remained at the top place with 16% attack traffic, followed by United States which accounted for 11% attack traffic and Russia which accounted for 7% attack traffic.


Akamai Report: India Ranks 114th In Terms Of Average Connection Speed
– Akamai Report: Avg Connection Speed In India At 0.9 Mbps; 9 Million Unique IP Addresses
– Akamai Report: India Ranks 17th In Terms Of Unique IP Addresses

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