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Internet Penetration in Q4 2014

Every day, Akamai services approximately two trillion requests for web content, giving us unique insight into Internet penetration around the globe. In the fourth quarter of 2014, around 803 million unique IPv4 addresses from 239 countries or regions connected to the Akamai Intelligent PlatformTM. This represents annual growth of more than 2.5 percent from the fourth quarter of 2013.

Internet Disruptions in Q4 2014

Internet disruptions are still a frustrating reality in many regions across the globe. The most common types of disruptions generally fall into three categories: accidental (backhoes or ship anchors severing buried fiber), natural (hurricanes, earthquakes), or political (government shutdowns in response to protest). As a provider of customer content across the globe, Akamai is in a unique position to monitor traffic levels in each country or region. The following events are highlights of global disruptions that affected traffic levels across the fourth quarter of 2014.
The Internet connectivity in the U.S. showed strong positive growth in the fourth quarter of 2014, as shown by Akamai's Internet connectivity metrics. These metrics include: average connection speed, average peak connection speed, broadband adoption, high broadband adoption, and 4K readiness. For additional insight into the metrics, refer to the State of the Internet Metrics: What Do They Mean? blog post.

Mobile Browser Usage in Q4 2014

In June 2012, Akamai launched the Akamai Internet Observatory (IO), which highlights browser usage across desktop and other connected devices. The data presented in the Fourth Quarter, 2014 State of the Internet Report and this post are derived from the Akamai IO site.

The Q4 2014 State of the Internet Report will be available for download on March 25. In the meantime, here are some of the highlights from the report.

Security
Across the fourth quarter, Akamai observed attack traffic originating from nearly 200 unique countries/regions. Of these, China and the United States remained the top two sources. Port 23 remained the most targeted port for attacks during the fourth quarter -- continuing the trend of the previous two quarters. Additionally, Akamai recorded a rise in DDoS attacks.

Third Quarter Internet Disruptions

Internet disruptions are still a frustrating reality in many regions across the globe. The most common types of disruptions generally fall into three categories: accidental (backhoes or ship anchors severing buried fiber), natural (hurricanes, earthquakes, etc.) or political (government-driven shutdowns in response to protests). Akamai is in a unique position to monitor each country or region's traffic levels for the consumption of content from Akamai customers. The following events are highlights of global disruptions that affected traffic levels in the third quarter of 2014.

Third Quarter Situational Performance

In June 2013, Akamai announced the latest release of Ion. Ion is a solution that's designed to meet the unique challenges of optimizing the desktop and mobile web experiences. One feature of Ion is a capability known as Real User Monitoring (RUM). RUM takes performance measurements from real web users to provide developers with insights into performance across a multitude of devices and networks. Ideally, RUM is used in tandem with synthetic testing to generate a comprehensive picture of a user's web experience to help developers best calibrate their applications.

The smartphone market is a two-horse race between two of the biggest names in technology - Apple (iOS) and Google (Android). One way to track their relative operating system market penetration is via mobile browser usage.

Despite Android's tremendous operating system market share (81.5 percent in 2014, according to IDC), Apple cemented its leadership in mobile browser usage in the third quarter of 2014. To measure browser usage, Akamai tracked the number of cellular specific and total network connections from Apple's default iOS web browser, mobile Safari, and Android's stock Webkit browser.

With HTTP/2, Akamai Introduces Next Gen Web

In early 2012 something remarkable happened: a call went out for proposals for a new version of HTTP. From the perspective of an Internet whose warp and weft seemingly shift on a daily basis, this may appear to be just one change amongst many, but because of the importance of HTTP in our daily lives, its impact is difficult to overstate. If you are reading this, it is likely your current job and livelihood would not exist without HTTP. And now, with this call for proposals, the community was about to start work to change and improve that venerable protocol.

Tackling In-region Performance Issues

The success of any business is intrinsically linked to its website performance, regardless of the user-agent or user location.

The fact that a CDN can help you in delivering the content is a well-established fact. However, resolving in-region (where the origin server is located in close proximity to most end users) performance issues can still be a challenge.
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