Although our goal was to publish it in mid-December, unexpectedly busy schedules and holiday time off derailed those plans. Fear not, though, as the Third Quarter, 2014 State of the Internet Report will be published just after the start of the New Year. As a belated holiday present for our readers, we will also be launching an updated connectivity visualization on the State of the Internet Web site, a new State of the Internet subspace on the Akamai Community, and an updated mobile application for iOS devices.
Until then, we'll whet your appetite for insight with some highlights from the upcoming report:
- Security: The volume of observed attack traffic targeting Web ports (HTTP, HTTPS, HTTP Alternate) saw significant quarterly declines in the third quarter. In addition, the number of attacks against Web sites and applications reported by Akamai customers remained consistent quarter-over-quarter. These trends may be indicative of attack vectors shifting away from the application layer to focus on network layer targets - this is consistent with an observation made in the Third Quarter, 2014 State of the Internet - Security Report.
- Internet Penetration: Europe continued to demonstrate strong leadership in IPv6 adoption, with Belgium growing to more than 25% of its requests to Akamai coming over IPv6, and Germany seeing more than 10% of requests over IPv6. In addition, Greece more than tripled its IPv6 adoption rate from the prior quarter. At a network provider level, Belgium's Brutele and Telenet both saw on the order of half of their connections to Akamai come in over IPv6.
- Connectivity: At a global level, quarterly changes across the key metrics were fairly weak in the third quarter, with slight declines seen across average and average peak connection speeds, high broadband adoption, and 4K readiness. Only broadband adoption saw an increase, but it was only 1%. However, year-over-year changes across all of the metrics remained strong. While quarter-over-quarter changes might be small or slightly negative from time-to-time, the long-term trend is the key indication, and the continued strong growth we continue to see points to ongoing improvements, on average, in the state of broadband connectivity around the world. Similar to the global observation, quarterly changes across the top countries/regions remained fairly low in the third quarter, but year-over-year changes were solidly positive.
- Mobile: Despite dominating four of the five metrics for fixed connectivity, South Korea only led the mobile metrics for average connection speed in the third quarter, with Singapore seeing the highest average peak mobile connection speed and Japan seeing the highest level of mobile broadband adoption. Interestingly, high fixed connection speeds also led some of these same Asia Pacific countries/regions to have the highest "mobile penalties" - that is, pages loading significantly faster on average over broadband connections than over mobile connections.
- Internet Disruptions: Once again, Internet connectivity was problematic in Syria, with multiple disruptions seen during the third quarter. Iraq saw multiple disruptions as well, due to issues with the major network service providers in the country. Gambia, Liberia, and Sierra Leone all saw Internet outages that may have been due to issues with submarine cables, while a brief issue in Venezuela was related to a power outage in the country.