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The State of the Internet Report - Year 9 Update

With this issue, the start of the ninth volume of the State of the Internet Report, we are introducing several changes, with several more planned to follow in subsequent issues.

The first notable change is within the regional breakout sections of the report. For the last several years, the report has included a "Geography: Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA)" section, surveying a selected set of countries within those regions. Starting this quarter, we've broken that section apart, and the report will now include a "Geography: Europe" section, which includes all 28 member countries of the European Union plus three more non-members that have long been included within the EMEA section. The report will also now include a "Geography: Middle East and Africa (MEA)" section that surveys 13 countries from across that extended region. Given the increasing role the Internet is playing across multiple facets of life in this developing region and the ongoing improvements to both domestic and international Internet connectivity within these countries, we felt it was time to break out connection speeds and broadband adoption rates for Middle East and Africa countries into a distinct section, where surveyed countries can be compared with their local peers.

Back in October 2014, Akamai launched the stateoftheinternet.com website as a stand-alone home for both the Connectivity and Security reports as well as associated data visualizations and other related content. However, with the launch and evolution of an updated akamai.com website, the stateoftheinternet.com site was decommissioned in May 2016, with content transitioned to relevant sections of akamai.com. https://www.akamai.com/stateoftheinternet/ is once again the primary home for both the Connectivity and Security State of the Internet Reports, as well as the associated data visualizations. Redirects were put into place, but if you notice anything amiss, please let us know.

We are still working hard on updating our data collection and calculations to allow us to shift away from average connection speed as a primary metric and also to begin including IPv6 connection speeds within the report. We plan to formally introduce both new metrics later this year, once we have finalized our methodology. In the meantime, stay apprised of the latest developments in both areas on our blog.

Just weeks from now, the summer games in Brazil kick off, running from August 5th to August 21st. This year's events are expected to be watched by more online viewers than ever before, with thousands of hours of live coverage being streamed by users around the world, consumed on connected devices large and small, from televisions down to cell phones, over both fixed and mobile connections. Global average and average peak connections are now more than double those seen at the time of the England 2012 summer games. This means that these streams can be encoded at a higher bit rate, resulting in higher-quality video, and that more users have Internet connections capable of consuming these high-quality streams of their favorite events. Given the ubiquity of mobile devices, many users will likely be watching multiple events simultaneously on second and even third screens.

As we noted last quarter, for readers who want to consume the State of the Internet Report on a tablet or e-reader device, we are now making the report available for download in ePub format from online bookstores including amazon.com, Google Play, Apple iBooks, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo. Specific download links are available after registration at https://www.akamai.com/stateoftheinternet/, and we encourage you to leave positive reviews of the report at your online bookstore of choice.

As always, if you have comments, questions, or suggestions regarding the State of the Internet Report, the website, or the mobile applications, please reach out to us via email at stateoftheinternet@akamai.com or on Twitter at @akamai_soti. You can also interact with us in the State of the Internet subspace on the Akamai Community at https://community.akamai.com/.

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