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The State of the Internet Report Turns Four

Four years ago, when Akamai launched the first State of the Internet Report, the iPhone had just launched, there was no iPad/tablet market and huge swaths of the globe still lacked basic Internet and mobile access.
Internet connectivity has changed drastically since then due to technological advances, and this has revolutionized the ways in which enterprises deliver content and consumers expect to consume it. Nowhere is this change more apparent today than the growth seen in the number of unique IP addresses connecting to the Akamai Intelligent Platform, growing from 329 million in the first quarter of 2008, to more than 628 million from 236 countries and regions in the fourth quarter of 2011.
Launched today, the Fourth Quarter, 2011 State of the Internet Report provides insight into key global statistics around Internet penetration, mobile traffic, data consumption, attack traffic and regional connection speeds.  A sampling of findings from the Q4 report include:

  • Asia Pacific cities continue to dominate the list of the 100 cities with the fastest connection speeds, with 69 cities compared to 24 from North America and 7 from Europe
  • China generated the most observed attack traffic this past quarter, with 13%
  • The top 10 ports accounted for 65% of attack targets, with one port (445, Microsoft-DS) as the number one targeted port with 25% of observed attack traffic
  • Global Internet penetration increased, with a 2.1% increase from the third quarter in the number of unique IP addresses connecting to the Akamai Intelligent Platform

In honor of the fourth birthday of the report, we've added a new section that tracks trends over time for key metrics including average connection speeds, average peak connection speeds and broadband adoption. We've analyzed these metrics since the report's inception in 2008, and will continue to review the long-term trends on an annual basis.

Among the trends identified, Akamai found that North America leads the way in average connection speeds, which have increased 47 percent over the past four years.  Internet users in South America witnessed a 106 percent increase in connection speeds, and peak connection speeds are now 76 percent faster in Asia and 145 percent in Europe.

Download the latest State of the Internet Report here, review the press release, and feel free to share your thoughts below.

David Belson is Director of Market Intelligence at Akamai.