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Akamai Announces Second Quarter 2009 State of the Internet Report
Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), the leader in powering video, dynamic transactions and enterprise applications online, today announced the release of the 2nd Quarter, 2009 edition of its quarterly State of the Internet report available for download at www.akamai.com/stateoftheinternet. Leveraging published reports and information gathered from its network, Akamai's quarterly report provides insight into key Internet statistics such as origin of attack traffic, network outages, and broadband connectivity levels across the globe. Some highlights from the report follow.
During the second quarter of 2009, Akamai observed attack traffic originating from 201 unique countries, up from 68 in the first quarter. The United States and China continued to be the two largest sources of attack traffic, accounting for nearly 45% of observed attack traffic in total. During the quarter, Akamai observed attack traffic targeted at more than 4,100 unique ports, with 10 ports experiencing roughly 90% of the observed attacks.
In the second quarter of 2009, nearly 425 million unique IP addresses connected to the Akamai network – just over one percent more than in the first quarter of 2009, and nearly 23 percent more than the same quarter a year ago. For the fifth consecutive quarter, the United States and China continued to account for nearly 40% of the observed IP addresses. The Top 10 countries continued to remain the same quarter-over-quarter.
Global Average Connection Speeds
While some countries saw average connection speeds decline on a quarter-over-quarter basis, year over year data points to an overall increase in connection speeds. Globally, the average connection speed was 1.5 Mbps and South Korea maintained the highest average connection speed at 11.3 Mbps.
Also during the second quarter, 125 countries had average connection speeds below 1 Mbps, up slightly from 120 countries in the prior quarter. Fourteen countries had average connection speeds below 100 Kbps, and the lowest average speed was seen in Eritrea, at 42 Kbps. It is worth noting that many of these are small countries that have comparatively few connections to Akamai, and that many of them saw significant speed declines quarter-over-quarter.
Current highlights and historical trends for average connection speeds on a global basis can be found in Akamai's "Broadband Adoption Trends" data visualization tool, available at http://www.akamai.com/dv5.
Fastest International Countries
In the second quarter of 2009, 19% of the Internet connections around the world were at speeds greater than 5 Mbps. This represents a slight decline from the prior quarter (bringing it back to the level seen in the fourth quarter of 2008), and only a 0.2% year-over-year increase. South Korea, once again, had the largest percentage of connections to Akamai at speeds above 5 Mbps, with 69% high broadband penetration.
Fastest U.S. States
While all states maintained average speeds above 2 Mbps, New Hampshire’s average speed of 6.4 Mbps moved them into the top spot as the fastest state. Delaware fell to second place at 6.3 Mbps, with New York following at 5.6 Mbps.
Akamai's unique level of visibility into the connection speeds of systems issuing requests to the Akamai network has created a one-of-a-kind view into broadband adoption around the globe. Leveraging that data, Akamai's quarterly State of the Internet report identifies both the countries and U.S. states with the fastest and slowest average connection speeds exhibited by IP addresses originating from those respective geographies. To learn more, and to access the archive of past reports, please visit www.akamai.com/stateoftheinternet.
Akamai® provides market-leading managed services for powering video, dynamic transactions, and enterprise applications online. Having pioneered the content delivery market one decade ago, Akamai's services have been adopted by the world's most recognized brands across diverse industries. The alternative to centralized Web infrastructure, Akamai's global network of tens of thousands of distributed servers provides the scale, reliability, insight and performance for businesses to succeed online. Akamai has transformed the Internet into a more viable place to inform, entertain, advertise, interact, and collaborate. To experience The Akamai Difference, visit www.akamai.com.