Global Internet Connection Speed Up By 15% YoY: Akamai State Of The Internet Report

Akamai Technologies, responsible for serving between 15 and 30 percent of all web traffic have released their annual ‘State of the Internet Report’ for first quarter of 2017. The report provides insight from data collected across Akamai Intelligent Platform. It provides key measures for internet connectivity, technology adoption, broadband quality of service, and other important trends collected over time.

Here, you can read some of the key highlights from the report.

IPv4 entering its last stage as IPv6 migrations continue across the world

The number of unique IPv4 addresses worldwide connecting to Akamai increased by nearly 7.6 million in the first quarter of 2017. However, as noted previously, we expect that the unique global IPv4 addresses seen by Akamai will level off or decline.  The carriers will increase the availability of native IPv6 connectivity for subscribers and implement Carrier-Grade Network Address Translation (cgnat) solutions more broadly to conserve limited IPv4 address space.

Global Average Connection speed continues to increase

In the first quarter of 2017, the global average connection speed was 7.2 Mbps, a 2.3% increase from the fourth quarter of 2016. The global average connection speed increased 15% compared with the first quarter of 2016.

All the top 10 countries/regions saw yearly increases except for South Korea, which posted a modest 1.7% decline. Gains ranged between 9.2% in Sweden and 23% in Singapore. Worldwide, year over year improvements in average connection speeds were seen in 114 countries/regions, compared with 138 in the preceding quarter, and increases ranged from 0.3% in Greece (to 7.9 Mbps) to 189% in Libya (to 2.1 Mbps). Yearly declines were seen in 35 countries/regions, with decreases ranging from 0.1% in Gabon and Congo (to 1.8 Mbps and 3.5 Mbps, respectively) to 56% in Liberia (to 1.8 Mbps).


Other highlights:

  • Global average connection speed is 7.2 Mbps (an increase of 15 percent year over year)
  • Global average peak connection speed increased 28 percent year over year to 44.6 Mbps in the first quarter
  • South Korea again had the highest average connection speed 28.6 Mbps while Singapore had the highest peak connection speed at 184.5 Mbps in the first quarter
  • Global 4, 10, 15 and 25 Mbps broadband adoption rates increased 13 percent, 29 percent, 33 percent and 42 percent year over year, respectively
  • Belgium remains the global leader in IPv6 adoption with 38 percent of its connections to Akamai occurring over IPv6
  • The average mobile connection speeds ranged from a high of 26 Mbps in the United Kingdom to a low of 2.8 Mbps in Venezuela while Germany had the highest peak mobile connection speed at 200 Mbps

An interesting snippet comes from Iraq where the government has a practice of blocking Internet access to prevent cheating during national middle and high school exams.

Disclaimer: direct extracts from the report used in certain cases under dissipation of information guidelines. you can see the full report here.


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